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MORE UPCOMING EVENTS:
ANNUAL MEMBERS DINNER: The price will be going up from $10 to $12 to meet costs. The MCHS has been subsidizing these dinners in the past. We hope everyone understands. Thank you. Baked Steak with all the fxings catered by Linda Jack.
December 8th, 1pm at CUMC.
MCHS Meetings Reminder
Your Society meets on the 4th Saturday of every month [except November & December] at 10:30 am at Central United Methodist Church on Fairmont Avenue. Membership Dues are due NOW!
AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer
The Marion County Historical Society,Inc. is excited to have been chosen for one of the 11 positions in the state to have been granted a full-time AmeriCorps Person. We interviewed persons from all over the United States and we chose Ravin Thomas, a recentFairmont State University graduate with a Major in Publicity and Media. Ravin became interested in our local history when she took several classes under Dr. Judy Byers at the Folklife Center. Our Executive Board, Dora Kay Grubb, Guy Williams, Christa Greco, Royal Watts, JoAnn Lough and Elizabeth Swiger, were impressed with her ideas, enthusiasm, willingness to explore and design new programs. Her first three projects are to begin creating displays for the Jail Project, recruiting new members and working with the Civil War Projects. She will also assist with our partnerships with other organizations on combined programs. Raven is working full-time, so drop in and introduce yourself.
The Marion County Historical Society & Museum hosts a collection of amazing and diverse artifacts from past centuries. The museum and the society provide a connection to the events, times, fashions and culture of days past; everyone, regardless of age, can appreciate the fascinating history waiting here that can be explored time and time again.
Marion County was created in 1842 as part of the Commonwealth of Virginia; on June 20, 1863, West Virginia became the 35th state of the United States of America.
HISTORIC HOLIDAY HOME TOURS
Mark your calendars! Saturday, November the 30th from 10 to 3, the Marion County Historical Society will be having their 20th Annual Holiday Historic Home Tours. This popular event was awarded the Event of the Year for 2012. by the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Marion County. There are 9 sites on the self-guided tour this year with 3 new exciting places.
The Pitney-Morgan home was built in the 1840 in the Greek Revival style of architect. It is believed to be the last original Morgan home standing in the Monongahela Valley. It has taken the owner 11 years to restore this home back to the Colonial period with matching furnishings. This is the site of the David Morgan homestead where he saved his children. Unique attributes to this home include two doors side by side, one for the slaves and one for the family and a 500 pound restored wooden mantel. Daniel Boone was a friend of the family and visited. Because of distance of the home, there will be a one time bus trip to the home for an additional $7.00 for those who have expressed an interest. The money must be paid by 11/26/2013. The bus will be leaving from in front of the Museum at 1:00.
The Clyde Hutchinson Mansion was built in 1903 although the family moved shortly thereafter to the Sonnencroft Castle on the east side of town. Diane Hutchison Parker, granddaughter of Clyde, will be the hostess here with other members of the family. Cookies made from receipts of 1904 that the family will be served. Diane has just written a new book "Daddy's Ledger" on the Hutchison family and Fairmont from 1854 to the present. The first public book signing will be at the home if you chose to buy this book.
The Country Corner. This house was built circa 1900 and shows aspects of Queen-Ann architectural style of the early 1900s. It was the site of the Fairmont Investments Company. It is believed this company was owned by the Hood Family.
Judge Showalter House. This is a Georgian-style House built in the early 1900s. Judge Emmett Showalter appropriated the finances for the first Children's Home in Fairmont so they would not have to go to the Poor Farm. Although previously known as the Tinman, it has been purchased as a residential property.
The United Way of Marion County 5th Annual Oldies Dance and Taste of Marion County is being held on Friday, December 6, 2013 at the Elks Lodge of Fairmont #294 located at 419 Adams Street, Fairmont, WV. Doors open at 6:30 PM with music provided by Jenna Won't Sing from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. To accommodate various music genres recorded music will also feature Big Band, Bourbon Street and Jimmy Buffet during the evening's festivities.
There will be auction opportunities, great food, super music plus good friends and fellowship to kick off the holiday season and help raise money for the agencies of the United Way of Marion County.
Mary Jo Thomas, Committee Chairman, noted that the price remains the same as in previous years. We can promise an enjoyable evening of good music for dancing and listening...plus good food...plus auction opportunities to help you start your holiday shopping as well as help those in need here at home. Oldies Dance is perhaps a misnomer as it pertains to music not age of participants. We are shaking the music up a bit this year with a new band...Jenna Won't Sing. Come join us.
Individual tickets are $20.00 per person. Tickets may be purchased in Fairmont at Accessories by Marlena at Jack and Jill on Fairmont Avenue; The Firehouse Café on Adams Street; and at Rider Pharmacy on Merchant Street or from members of the Board of Directors of the United Way or from the United Way Office. For additional information or to make reservations, please call Mary Jo Thomas at 304.366.2912 or the United Way Office at 304.366.4550.
HOMES TOUR continued:
The Joliffe Home. This home was designed by original owner, Marcelle Joliffe who was the wife of the Sheriff in 1901. This is the last residential home in the downtown area and has been in the same family since it was originally built. It took 3 years to complete this structure. Unique items in this house include an ice room and a ballroom on the third floor. Each room on the second floor is of different woods with furnishing made to match. Marcelle Joliffe was an artist and her oil paintings still hang in the living room
The Marion County Sheriffs Home built in 1910 and is now The Marion County Museum. This is one of only 2 buildings designed like this to still exist in the state. The Sheriff was able to go from his home to his office to the Jail and to the Court House without ever stepping out of doors.
The A. G Martin Home was built by Gustav Stickley in 1911-1912. The style is built in the American Arts and Crafts style with hand designed tiles, oak woodwork and copper trim. This home has been featured in National magazines and a coffee table book. A.G. Martin was a successful businessman and mayor of Fairmont.
The Meredith Home This home was built prior to the Civil War by William Meredith father of Judge Meredith entirely from the wood from the lumberyard in back of this house. The style is Federal Italianate with unusual items as cigar storage built in the fireplace and an oak staircase with overlay of black walnut. We Three Plus One will be playing here.
The Gatherings formerly known as the M.E. Methodist Protestant Church. The cornerstone was laid in 1896, This was also known as the Gov. Francis H. Pierpont and his wife Julia's Church. There are over 40 stain glass windows in this church with one dating back to 1834 from the Church on the Hill. The Dodds portraying Pierponts will be singing Christmas Carols from the 1800s.
The Cost: Advance Tickets $16.00; Day of Tour $18.00. High School/College Students -$12.00 with pictured student ID s.
Those wishing to take the bus to Morgan-Pickney Home is an additional $7.00 and must be purchased by the 26th. Less than 10 people the bus will be cancelled and money returned.
Everyone must purchase a ticket if it is for one house or all regardless of age. Tickets can be purchased at the Marion County Museum from 10 - 2 Monday thru Saturday. We will be open the Friday after Thanksgiving. You may purchase your tickets by mail at. MCHS, P.O. Box 1636, Fairmont, 26555-1636
For questions: call 304-367-5398 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org