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A year-long celebration this year marks the 200th anniversary of the beginnings of an industry that helped define West Virginia.

The year was 1813 and glass began being produced in Wellsburg, then Charlestown, Va. Isaac Taylor Duval and Co. began producing a high grade of cut glass tableware in Wellsburg at a site near the more recent Brooke/Crescent site. The firm was sold in 1838.

The Museum of American Glass in West Virginia, located in Weston, is partnering with a number of institutions across West Virginia to celebrate this historic benchmark. The year-long celebration of the birth of glass making in the Mountain State begins April 6 at the Brooke County Historical Museum and Culture Center at 704 Charles Street in Wellsburg.

A room in the museum is devoted to glass made in the Wellsburg community. George Leonard, the great, great, great grandson of Isaac T. Duval has loaned several pieces of Duval glass from his collection, along with other family memorabilia. This offers an uncommon opportunity for students of West Virginia glass to see examples of the early ware that descended in the family and have a strong provenance of Duval manufacture.

Dozens of other Wellsburg glass products from many of the 39 city glass producers are on display as well.

Representatives from the Museum of American Glass will be on hand to address questions about glass history.

The Brooke County Open House and related programming will begin at 10 am on Saturday, April 6 and will include refreshments and an opportunity to chat about the city's and state's rich glass heritage. Admission is free.

For more information call the museum at (304) 737-4060.