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Julia Pierpont Day Celebration
May 28, 2022 @ 10:15 am - 12:30 pm$10
The 20th annual observance of Julia Pierpont Decoration Day will be held on Saturday. The event will begin at 10:15 a.m. with a ceremony at the City Church (formerly The Gatherings) at 216 Monroe Street. At noon, the procession will move to Woodlawn Cemetery, 332 Maple Avenue. Both locations are National Historic Sites.
The day’s activities will include historical interpreters, Civil War-era music, laying of wreaths at the graves of Francis and Julia Pierpont, a gun salute, and a tour of the newly renovated caretaker’s house at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Proclamations have been issued by the State of West Virginia, the County of Marion, and the City of Fairmont honoring Julia Augusta Robertson Pierpont 1828-1886 as the founder of Decoration Day, which is now known as Memorial Day.
Participants include The Marion County Historical Society & Museum Inc.; Woodlawn Cemetery; City Church (The Gatherings); Colonel Morgan Morgan Chapter, NSDAR; the West Virginia Re-enactors Association; the Marion County Military Veterans Council; the City of Fairmont; and We Three Plus (Musicians Faith Bowyer, Dawn McClain and Chuck McClain performing Civil War-era music).
Woodlawn is sponsoring tours of the newly-restored Caretaker’s House. There is a $10 fee for the tours. The Caretaker’s House will be open from noon until 2:00 p.m.
The tour is a great opportunity to learn about the history of Woodlawn and explore its beautiful architecture and scenery. Refreshments of homemade cookies and bottled water will be included.
To make a reservation for the tour, please call the Marion County Historical Society Inc. Museum at (304) 367-5398 or Nancy Bickerstaff at (304) 366-3231. If leaving a message, please include your name and telephone number.
Also, please plan to stop by the MCHS Inc. Museum on Adams Street to see our Civil War exhibit. The exhibit is in place now until the end of July. There is no charge to tour the Museum. Hours are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Please call in advance if possible.
The Civil War exhibit features items related to the Knights of the Maccabees (K.O.T.M.); Capt. Perry G. West of the Union Army; Francis and Julia Pierpont; a model of a Union blockhouse; and Dr. Phoebe Moore, who is believed to be the first female physician in the area.
The Museum also has a wide variety of Civil War books related to Marion County for sale.