Stroll Through the Ages

Take a stroll straight through the history and heritage of West Virginia. Spend three days exploring the early frontier, walk the same paths as Civil War soldiers and learning more about West Virginia’s history.

The Early Frontier (Fairmont)

Catch heritage crafting from the 18th Century living history museum, then compare frontier life the original home from just a few generations later.

Pricketts Fort State Park 106 Overfort Lane, Fairmont, WV 26554
Experience real frontier life, hands-on. Gather together with fellow pioneers, behind the timber gates of Prickett’s Fort to escape the threat of Native American attacks. Meet Colonial characters, and they’ll share their stories, and teach you about traditional crafting, from wool spinning to blacksmithing.

Job Prickett House 106 Overfort Lane Fairmont, WV 26554
Just a short stroll from the Colonial fort, and built by the great grandson of the Captain the original Fort was named for, the Job Prickett House is a perfectly preserved look at the vastly changing world just a few generations later. Learn more about the lifestyles of the family, as you browse the historic home, including original art and antiques.

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18th Century Christmas Market 106 Overfort Lane Fairmont, WV 26554
If you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift, seek all the way back through the ages. Prickett’s Fort’s Annual 18th Century Christmas Market has an array of Colonial crafts, decor and wares from the old-fashioned era.

The Civil War (Marion County)

See how the Civil War shaped Marion County (and the state of West Virginia) on the Civil War Trail.

Explore these six stops on West Virginia's Civil War Trail.

Pierpont House Jackson Street Fairmont, WV 26554
Francis H. Pierpont, the Father of West Virginia, helped devise plans that restored loyal Virginia to the Union, which created West Virginia. At the time, Pierpont was the Governor of the Restored Government of Virginia. Find this marker at the City of Fairmont Public Safety Building parking plaza.

Pierpont Graves 335 Maple Avenue Fairmont, WV 26554
Find the graves of Francis H. Pierpont and his wife, Julia Augustus Robertson Pierpont, at Woodlawn Cemetery. The marker is located at the entrance of the Woodlawn Cemetery Historic District.

Jones-Imboden Raid: Barrackville Covered Bridge Barrackville, WV
Beautifully maintained, the Burr truss hasn’t changed much since it was built in 1853. Confederate General William “Grumble” Jones passed by a decade later. He almost destroyed the bridge, but locals pleaded with him to spare it.

Jones-Imboden Raid: Battle for the Bridge Junction of Everest Drive and Water Street Fairmont, WV 26554
The largest battle of the Civil War in northern West Virginia was fought in Fairmont. A battle for the suspension bridge spanning the Monongahela River took place on April 29, 1863.

Jones-Imboden Raid: Attack on Fairmont Palatine Park Fairmont, WV 26554
After Barrackville, General Jones continued to the city, where he tried to destroy B&O railroads and critical infrastructure. One of the casualties was an 1852 suspension bridge. Its bullet-pocked pylons remain today; look for the Civil War sign by Palatine Park.

Jones-Imboden Raid: Beverly-Fairmont Turnpike 100 Kirk Street Fairmont, WV 26554
General Jones attacked the B&O Railroad Bridge on the northern end of the Beverly-Fairmont Turnpike.

Fleming House 300 1st Street Fairmont, WV 26554
Aretas Brooks Fleming was a former prosecuting attorney for Marion County during the Civil War and the eighth governor of West Virginia. This marks his former home; find it on the grounds of the former American Legion Home.

Economic Revival (Mount Clare)

Relive the nation's rebound from the Great Depression.

West Virginia Civilian Conservation Corps Museum Mount Clare, WV
Housed in a historic schoolhouse, the West Virginia Civilian Conservation Corps Museum looks at the government program’s successes in its short decade of economic development after the Great Depression. Projects in West Virginia included everything from firefighting to planting trees and preserving park and farm lands.

For more information about what to see and do near Mount Clare, visit the Clarksburg CVB.

Shaping Appalachia (Fairmont)

Get a closer look at West Virginia's own iconic history.

Coal Country Mini Golf 22 Coal Country Lane Fairmont, WV 26554
Take a closer look at one of the West Virginia’s most vital industries and something that remains a major piece of our story today— coal. Play your way through a family round of putt-putt in the heritage-themed course, then stop into the mining museum on-site.

Folklife Center 1201 Locust Avenue Fairmont, WV 26554
In charming small-town Fairmont, you can really see how heritage has shaped the values and attitudes of the area. At the West Virginia Folklife Center, you can connect all you’ve learned on your historic journey to the modern-day Appalachian spirit, and understand how the region’s past helped create the kind, innovative culture of today.

Marion County Historical Society & Museum 211 Adams Street Fairmont, WV 26554
See the compass used to survey present-day West Virginia and other exhibits related to the state's past. You can also tour the old Marion County jail!