Our mission is to promote and preserve local history which dates back to and beyond Colonial times through such activities as:
Julia Pierpont and Memorial Day
Historic Homes Tour
Marion County Historical Society Museum
Participation in Community Historical Events
Celebrations of Historic Events and Personages
The George P. Stanton Speaker's Bureau
Restoration & Preservation of Historic Cemeteries
Fairmont City Cemetery
Historic Landmarks Preservation & Recognition
Preservation of the Museum Archives and Artifacts
Historic Tours and Exhibitions
Preservation of Endangered Sites
January 3: A celebration of the birthday of Boaz Fleming, the founder of Middletown, Virginia, now known as Fairmont, West Virginia. In 1787 with a party of 43 settlers moved from Milford, Delaware at the encouragement of David Morgan. Cake will be served all day at WesBanco the site of the former Presbyterian Church Cemetery where Boaz was buried. He had donated this land to build a church. A cake will be served at the Marion County Museum as well as a display of the Founding Fathers.
January 11: Marion County was established by an Act of the General Assembly of Virginia on January 14,, 1842. The House Bill 69 was introduced by William S. Morgan, grandson to David Morgan. There will be birthday cake, an exhibit on Founders Month and free tours of the Museum
January 19: On this date Middletown, Virginia, now Fairmont. West Virginia, was established by an act of the Virginia Assembly. In 1817, Boaz Fleming cleared a 40 acre parcel of his 254 acres in order to establish a town which could serve as a county seat for a new county. Cake, free tours and a brief ceremony will be held at the Museum
January 25: Francis H. Peirpont, the "Father of West Virginia" and Governor of Restored Virginia from 1861 -1862 was born. He was elected Governor by all 77 Representatives at the Second Wheeling Convention. Without him it is doubtful that the State of West Virginia would have been born. He also established free eduction to all which did not exist in Virgina. In 1865 he established what is now known as Fairmont State University. Cake will be served in his honor as wee as free tours and a exhibit at the Museum.
Mid-February: Chocolate Day in downtown Fairmont. Come join the merchants and others as free Chocolate will be served. The Museum will be giving out homebaked Chocolate Chip Cookies from 10 - 2. Main Street will be having door prizes.
February and March: The Museum will have a display of Black History during February and March.
April: The "Mountain State History Expo" in the Marion County Court House. The Court House itself is on the National Registry of Historic Sites. Exhibitors from as well as heritage music and a program. Time is from 10 - 2pm. Free & open to the public. A wonderful opporturnity for children to see some living history. Teachers, this is a great school field trip or extra credit for older students. There is a lot to learn at these exhibits and it's a fun activity.
April - May, 2012: April - May will be a Hartley's Exhibit at the museum Monday - Saturday from 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
April or May: The Woman's Club of Fairmont traditionally hosts a Mothers Day or a Spring High Tea with entertainment. Hats are optional. $15.00 For information about events at the WCF Fleming Mansion, email: President Nancy Bickerstaff (304) 366-3231 firstname.lastname@example.org or vist www.FairmontWomansClub.org
May 26: Julia Pierpont Day as proclaimed by City of Fairmont, The County of Marion, & the State of West Virginia. Julia Pierpont, wife of Francis H. Pierpont (Gov. of Restored Virginia from 1861-1868 and the " Father of West Virginia" ) is considered by many historians as being responsible of Decoration Day now known as Memorial Day. Following the Civil War when the Pierponts were residing in the Governor's mansion in Richmond Virginia, Jullia felt the graves of the Union Soldiers in Hollywood, Va. needed to cleaned up, decorated and honored which she and a small group proceeded to do. There will be a program with guest speakers and heritage music followed by procession to Woodlawn Cemetery for a ceremony. Free to the Public
The Museum will be open that Day for additional information.
First Weekend in June: Friday 1 & Saturday 2 from 10 -2. A yard sale in front of the Museum, with plants, baked goods, and items donated by members including old & new books. Bring your Friends and support the Marion County Historical Society.
First Saturday in June: The Great Community Garage Sale at the Downtown Fairmont Parking Garage. Time: 8:00 - 1:00. To reserve a space cll 304-366-0468 or email contact@MainStreetFairmont.org First space $15 and each additional space $10. Come shop to see the bargains. While downtown drop down & visit the Museums and see the wonderful items we have for sale. We are open from 10:00 -2:00
June 20, 2012: West Virginia's Birthday Celebration downtown Fairmont.
November: Annual Dinner Meeting. TBA
November: The Annual Holiday Historic House Tour: Time: 10 - 3:00 One of the more popular events in the area with people traveling from four states to see 8 -12 Historic homes that are open to the public for this 1 day a year. Most are decorated for the holidays, some have live music, often there are tidbits to nibble. Tickets are $16.00 in advance and $18.00 the day of the tour.
First Weekend of December: The Annual Christmas Open House in conjunction with the Feast of The Seven Fishes. Live Music, Free Tours , finger foods and Wassail. Everyone invited. 10 - 4