The Athenaeum
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dukemartin
N 40° 03.832 W 080° 43.307
17T E 523726 N 4434882
A short history of the largest building in Wheeling.
Waymark Code: WM14YGY
Location: West Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 09/12/2021
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
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The Athenaeum

Built in 1853~1854 for use as a theater, warehouse, and office space, it was the largest building in Wheeling at the time. During the Civil War, it became a Union military prison, mostly for the transitory holding of POWs and Southern sympathizers, earning the foreboding moniker of "Lincoln's Bastille." A prison until 1865, it was destroyed by fire in 1868.
Marker Number: None seen on sign

Marker Title: The Athenaeum

Marker Location: 16th street

County or Independent City: Wheeling

Web Site: [Web Link]

Marker Program Sponsor: West Virginia Archives & History, 2017

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