Plan A Visit To This Civil War Battlefield

If you consider yourself a history buff, a trip to Philippi, West Virginia is a must! On June 3, 1861, Union forces launched an attack against a Confederate encampment making Philippi the site of the first land battle of the civil war.

A peek into the past

Also known as the “Philippi Races”, the Battle of Philippi ended with the federal troops surprising the outnumbered Confederates and forcing them to retreat southward. This Union attack was part of the Western Virginia Campaign led by Union General George B. McClellan, which was designed to prevent the Confederates from gaining control of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. McClellan would later be named Commanding General of the United States Army and was the Democratic Party nominee for president in 1864.

Things to do today

Take a trip to Philippi today to see for yourself the town’s storied past. Watch a live re-enactment of the battle, visit the 160-year-old covered bridge, browse the Barbour County Historical Museum and take a tour of the Adaland Mansion and Historic Barn.

Completed in 1852 by builder Henry Hartley, the 286-foot-long Philippi Covered Bridge continues to serve travelers along US-250. What used to be the norm of the 1800s, there are now less than 1,000 covered bridges in the entire country. This spot provides a scenic backdrop, especially when surrounded by fall color.

Built in 1870, the Adaland Mansion is a classic Greek Revival, 23-room house that has been restored with great attention to authenticity. Today, the elegant building hosts historical tours, weddings, tea parties and other private events.

Taste of the town

The Medallion Restaurant serves up homemade breakfast all day long along with other American classics and beloved dinner favorites. Another town staple, Lil’ Moe’s is known for its scrumptious bar bites, beers and welcoming atmosphere. Swing by Molly’s Hand-Dipped Ice Cream to end your day on a sweet note. This local shop offers an array of 24 flavors of ice cream, including sugar free and dairy free options, as well as a rotating featured flavor of the month.

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This post was last updated on August 10, 2023