On April 17, 1861, delegates of the Richmond Convention approved an ordinance of secession, leading to the withdrawal of Virginia from the Union.
Virginia Ordinance of Secession
Voting Results on the Virginia Ordinance of Secession
A Bit of History: Recollections of the Richmond Convention
On April 17, 1970, archaeologists and state officials determined that a majority of the "mystery walls" atop Armstrong Mountain in Fayette County had been destroyed by strip mining.
"Smaller Parts of Mystery Walls Reported Unharmed"
"The Mystery of Armstrong Mountain: Has Prehistoric Site Been Stripped?"
"Walls Tumbled Before Strippers, City Man Vows"
"Was There Actually An Ancient Wall In Fayette?"
"The Old Stone Wall"
"Prehistoric Remains at Mount Carbon"
On This Day in West Virginia History: April