How to Rock in Marion County

If you haven’t heard – or seen – the CVB and Nativibes are teaming up for an artsy endeavor!

You must have seen on Facebook or stumbled upon (in real life) pictures of painted rocks people have found in random places, right? It’s a growing trend out there on the interweb, and we decided we’d get involved… but in our own way.

The CVB of Marion County has hidden six large and beautifully painted rocks by Nativibes owner and artist Ben Kolb. (You can watch the fast motion video of his artistic abilities here.)

picture of a fort painted on a rock

To be clear, these rocks aren’t just hidden for the nice, little surprise of finding them. Think bigger. Think gift basket!

Maybe you’ve already caught on (maybe you haven’t). The CVB of Marion County’s painted rocks are more like painted challenges.


Yes. Challenges.


The Rules:

  • Find a rock.
  • Take a picture.
  • Post it to Instagram, Twitter, or in our Facebook event using the hashtag #marionwvrocks to enter to win a prize package.
  • Re-hide the rock. (If you’re feeling generous, include clues where you hid it on your social media post!)
  • Wait.

On November 2, we’ll put all the names of the participants into a drawing for a fancy schmancy gift basket. We’ll draw live on Facebook and contact the winner through his/her social media account(s).  picture of a white round barn painted on a rock

To get you started, I’ll give you the general areas where these rocks will be hidden. We picked these places based on a set of very rigid criteria: They’re pretty. Well, that and they’re pretty integral to Marion County’s history.

  • Hamilton Round Barn: This barn is one of maybe five round barns in the state. (And that’s important because barns aren’t typically round – just a fun fact.) It’s really important because, in its heyday as a dairy barn, it used the most advanced milking technology out there – the first electric milking machine in Marion!

  • Barrackville Covered Bridge: This is a special location in part because it’s a covered bridge (which is very rare nowadays. And if you don’t believe me, drive on a bridge and take note of the nonexistent cover.). Aside from that fact, this was a pivotal location during the Civil War. Locals convinced the Confederates not to destroy it during the Jones-Imboden Raid in 1863.
  • Million Dollar Bridge: Talk about advanced. The Million Dollar Bridge (or Robert H. Mollohan Bridge) was one of the earliest reinforced concrete arch bridges in the country. It was completed in 1921 – definitely historic.
  • One-room Schoolhouse: Fairmont State University opened in this little room in 1865 as private teacher training school. It now houses colleges of many different disciplines (so you can see why it’s so important to Marion/West Virginia).
  • Pricketts Fort: This might be the largest historical structure in the county – and for good reason. It was used as a civilian refuge fort. And what’s even better is that we get to see and hear what life was like on the western Virginia frontier.
  • Marion County Visitor Center: It’s pretty self-explanatory as to why this is important today, but historically? The stones that compose this building were once used in the Marion County Children’s Shelter, one of the final Works Progress Administration projects.

Get ready. (Don’t forget your cell phone!) Get set. Rock on!

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