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Historic bell to toll again for W.Va.’s 150th

Jun. 18, 2013 @ 12:06 PM

WHEELING, W.Va. — A bell that rang in 1863 to herald the news of West Virginia achieving statehood will ring again to mark the state’s 150th anniversary.

The bell hangs inside the 165-year-old Second Presbyterian Church in Wheeling.

For the building’s owner, the Near Earth Object Foundation, the ringing of the bell on Thursday will both celebrate the past and mark a new beginning for the old church.

The foundation is preparing to repair the building’s roof. A large section of the roof collapse in 2011.

The foundation’s long-term goal is to create a space for stargazing, watching a play and other education al activities.