Another day of clouds and drizzle sent us to downtown Charleston to explore West Virginia’s capital city. After a leisurely cup of coffee in a downtown coffee/bookstore, we wandered along a walkway that follows the Kanawha (Ka-naw) River, which flows through the city.
Charleston’s present state capitol took eight years to complete, with work beginning in 1924. The 23-karat gold leaf dome soars 293 feet, making it the tallest of any state capitol dome in the United States. The capitol is open to the public and the staff couldn’t have been more welcoming. After a quick security check, we were handed a lengthy history of the capitol and urged to “make ourselves at home.”
The governor’s mansion is also located on the Capitol Complex grounds, perched on a grassy rise with a view of the river below. Not quite as welcoming, it sat behind locked gates, so we had to be content to peer through the fence.