History & Foundation

The Marion County Historical Society, Inc was founded in 1908 by Bernard L. Butcher, who was the State Superintendent of schools in 1880. Too often, local history is lost. To ensure that doesn't happen, The Marion County Historical Society, Inc has established a perpetual endowment fund with the Community Endowment Fund at WesBanco, the proceeds of which will be used to preserve the heritage of Fairmont and Marion County. The principal cannot be touched and the Society receives a dividend the first of each year.

Bernard Lee Butcher

Bernard Lee Butcher

Bernard Lee Butcher was born on September 12, 1853 in Huttonsville, Virginia and died on November 7, 1918 in Fairmont, West Virginia. His interest was primarily genealogical and seems to have come late in his life. He founded the MCHS in 1908 and published his major work, A Genealogical and Personal History of the Upper Monongahela Valley, in 1912.

Major Contributions

Prickett's Fort

As one of West Virginia's most unique living history museums, Pricketts Fort invites visitors to relive the pioneering spirit of Captain Jacob Prickett and his family. Prickett's Fort State Park uses a living history style of interpretation to preserve, document and exhibit the past. It features an 18th century recreation of the original Pricketts Fort which provided a place of refuge from Indian attack. In addition, guests enjoy visiting the original 19th century Job Prickett House , Prickett Cemetery, Visitor Center, and Museum Gift Shop.

Marion County Museum

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.


  • Now and Long Ago - 1st Edition, Glen Lough

  • Marion County West Virginia, a Pictural History by Thomas J. Koon and Oce Smith