West Virginia Military Housing
When the state of Virginia voted to secede from America during the Civil War (1861-65), the individuals of the rugged and mountainous western area of the state opposed the selection and formed to form their particular state, West Virginia, in support of the Union.
Statehood was granted by Congress on June 20, 1863 to West Virginia.
The West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry was the site of John Brown's ill fated 1859 raid on the national armory there. Every October, the town hosts a Bridge Day party when the road is closed to traffic and people are permitted to parachute and bungee jump off the bridge; the occasion brings close to 100,000 participants and viewers each year. Renowned West Virginia natives contain gymnast Mary Lou Retton, celebrity Don Knotts and test pilot Chuck Yeager.