The Pepperoni Roll Capital of the World

As an idea that developed deep in the Marion County coal mines in the 1920s, pepperoni rolls have become one of the little-known treasures of West Virginia. Sticks of pepperoni and bread were staples for miners to take underground for their grueling workdays. The classic pepperoni roll that we all know and love is made of a soft white yeast bread roll with pepperoni baked in the middle. Giuseppe “Joseph ” Argiro, an Italian immigrant and coal miner, was the first person to commercialize pepperoni rolls by opening Country Club Bakery in Fairmont in 1927.

This Is How We Roll

Each local chef has their own unique recipe, so set out on a tour across the county to find your favorite version with the help of the Marion County Pepperoni Roll Guide. Tour stops feature the home of the original pepperoni roll, award-winning variations, one-of-a-kind recipes and more! Rate each roll from appearance and aroma to texture and flavor. Then, take home your personal favorite as a souvenir!

The Middle of Everywhere

Extend your time in Marion County with outdoor recreation opportunities and historic sites. Home to miles of scenic hiking and biking trails, championship disc golf courses and some of the best rivers in the state, experience all the outdoor recreation Marion County has to offer. Walk along a local rail trail or spend a day exploring Valley Falls State Park and take in the mesmerizing view of the park’s four picturesque waterfalls.

Step into the past and learn more about Marion County’s storied past at Pricketts Fort State Park. Or examine parts of history during a self-guided tour of Marion County’s Civil War Trail. See where battles raged, landmarks were saved and prominent figures formerly resided.

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