Wood County Courthouse bell to ring

PARKERSBURG – Wood County’s courthouse bell will be among those ringing at 1:50 p.m. Thursday to commemorate West Virginia 150th birthday celebration.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has invited schools, churches and individuals across the state to participate in a bell ringing in honor of the state’s birthday. The statewide bell ringing will be held on Thursday at 1:50 p.m., coinciding with a bell ringing at the State Capitol during the Sesquicentennial Ceremony.

“Although, we may be located in different regions of the state, this will join all of us together as we commemorate the state’s birthday and officially kick off this historic celebration,” Tomblin said.

The governor is asking the bells be rung 35 times to signify West Virginia’s status as the nation’s 35th state.

The Wood County Courthouse bell weighs about 900 pounds and has the date 1860 inscribed on it.

The bell, which is nestled inside the courthouse’s 100-foot tower, was made by Meneelys’ of West Troy, N.Y.