The holidays are here, a time when many Wheeling ex-pats return home to spend time with family and friends. While spending time with loved ones is what the season is all about, it doesn’t mean that you don’t need to get out a little bit too! The hustle and bustle of socializing and holidays can be exhausting, so what better way to recharge your batteries than with a brisk walk around Wheeling to get some fresh air and explore our city’s interesting historical sites.

Luckily, Wheeling Heritage already has several self-guided walking tours prepared for your next Wheeling adventure! Here are five of our favorite walking tours:

Schmulbach Brewery Complex

Many immigrant groups have made their mark on Wheeling and influence it to this day. But did you know that Wheeling was once known as a little German city? That’s in large part due to brewer and businessman, Henry Schmulbach. At its peak, the Schmulbach Brewery Complex produced more than 200,000 barrels of beer a year. Explore this remarkable complex located in South Wheeling while learning about one of Wheeling’s most notorious brewers!

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LISTEN – Henry: The Life and Legacy of Wheeling’s Most Notorius Brewer

North Wheeling: History and Architecture

North Wheeling has dozens of fine Victorian buildings that many Wheeling innovators and industrialists once called home. This guide highlights some of these structures that are easy to appreciate while out on a quick stroll through the neighborhood.

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Historic Churches

The history of Wheeling’s churches parallels the history of Wheeling itself. As Wheeling’s population grew, so did its number of churches. Waves of German, Irish, Greek and Lebanese immigrants led to the founding of Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox and Jewish congregations, with many of their 19th-century buildings still standing today. Check out this walking tour to marvel at Wheeling’s most historic and unique churches.

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Myths and Landmarks of the National Road

Completed in 1818, the National Road was America’s first interstate highway, becoming the main transportation route to the west. As the first major project undertaken by the U.S. Federal Government, the National Road’s legacy doesn’t come without a little controversy. Learn more about the myths and landmarks of West Virginia’s National Road in this brochure!

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Warwood: History and Architecture

Warwood has a rich industrial history, including steel, aluminum, and mining. The suburb was even named after the Warwood Tool Company, which still exists to this day. Explore Warwood’s many historic homes, factories and buildings with this self-guided tour.

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You can find even more downloadable self-guided tours at Each will inspire you to explore different pieces of Wheeling’s history. 

• Alex Panas is the Communications and Development Manager at Wheeling Heritage. She earned an undergraduate degree in health communication from Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and a master of arts in communication studies from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Since moving back to the Ohio Valley, Alex has been involved in a variety of organizations dedicated to revitalizing Wheeling, including the Wheeling Young Preservationists, Generation Wheeling and the United Way. A self-proclaimed cat lady, Alex lives in St. Clairsville with her two cats, Zoey and Millie, and her husband, Aaron Moore.

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