This blog series, ‘To, Through and Beyond,’ has been a quest to discover the validity of Aristotelian philosophy, whether the whole truly is greater than the sum of its parts. The test? We’re taking an in-depth look at the towns, districts, and areas that make up what we know and love: Marion County. The quest, however, is winding down and nearing completion. The end is nigh! But for now, we still have some exploring to do.
Let’s all go to … Fairview!
Before we begin our journey, we’ll need sustenance. Ken’s is a delicious Chinese favorite in the county. It’s somehow specifically located just outside of downtown, right outside of the University District and one country road away from Barrackville (on the way to Fairview). As strange as it is to be located outside of every district, it works out (and especially for us). Grab some take out or eat in before your drive to Barrackville. The drive is a bit country, the food incredible and the portions? Significantly greater than average.
Just after making it into Barrackville, you’ll find the most tranquil of spaces. Wild Acre Farm is a retreat and getaway, spend a few hours or spend a few nights. Embrace meditation as you walk the 80 ft. labyrinth among the hills of Marion. An organic farm full of flowers and goodies, Wild Acres also operates as a retreat space and serves the produce from the farm.
While you’re in Barrackville, take a tour of a beautiful history lesson. The Barrackville Covered Bridge was built for $1,852 (how extravagant!) and was used for over 130 years. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places for reasons other than its advanced age. The only hostile army ever in Marion County crossed this bridge with intent to destroy it. At the persuasion of nearby mill owners (how adorable!), Confederate General William E. “Grumble” Jones spared it (how nice!). After its existence as the only bridge in operation without the use of modern reinforcement (how terrifying!), it was fully restored in 1999 and has been bypassed with a modern road and bridge. (And we all heave a collective sigh of relief.)
The current Barrackville Covered Bridge is, as stated, completely restored. Although it looks old-fashioned, it is structurally sound for taking an adorable stroll, making sweet memories and sharing cute pictures on Insta.
If you happen to be in town in December, enjoy Barrackville’s Christmas in Our Town, an all-day celebration of the holidays. After the craft fair, take a horse-drawn carriage ride through town. End the day with a good ol’ fashioned parade and (in the traditional Colombian way … random) with fireworks!
Now, it’s time for some good cooking – and eating. Fairview Diner has everything your mama used to make for you. Enjoy chicken pot pie, potato soup or vegetable soup and move onto country fried steak with mashed potatoes. Enjoy a cabbage roll and slaw before dessert. Berry cobbler, turtle pie, spice cake are a few among many other pies and sweet delicacies.
Featuring hot dogs, Colasessano’s pepperoni buns and pizza, nachos, and salads a stop in Hometown Hotdogs of Fairview is a requirement. Check out their assorted seasoned fries (if you’re brave, try the Fire Fries). Named 2015 Best “Working Dog” (re-heated hot dog) in Marion County.
Good thing you got some practice in at Hometown Hotdogs. Fairview Fourth of July celebrates the occasion in every way imaginable! Participate in or watch the delicious fun of the hotdog eating contest; listen to or play in the acoustic jam session; and run the 5k Fun Run or cheer the athletes on! It wouldn’t be an Independence Day Celebration without a grand parade (and Uncle Sam), a cake walk, live music, magic, and fireworks.
Last but not least is a quintessential summer stop. Little Dippers has 24 flavors of ice cream, a case full of baked and frozen goods plus savory meals! Choose between peach and blackberry cobbler; pick from banana, caramel, and red velvet poke cakes. And that’s just dessert! Will you have a cheeseburger hoagie, a cod sandwich, or a bratwurst dog with sauerkraut? For the side? Cornbread, chicken, and dumpling soup and/or Oliverio Pepper Soup! The options are endless, but our stomachs are not. Choose wisely.
So that you are in the know, Fielding H. Yost is one of Fairview’s most notable home-town boys. Fielding was a football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. In addition, Yost was also a successful business person, lawyer, and author; but he is best known as a leading figure in pioneering the development of college football into a national phenomenon.
As you can see, Barrackville and Fairview don’t mess around when it comes to history, food, and fun. So enjoy the festivities, enjoy the hotdogs and enjoy Marion!
What’s your favorite Fairview memory?