West Virginia has a typically warm climate, especially in Fairmont, where the weather is typically temperate. In Fairmont, WV, nearly 19,000 people call it home and spend their time enjoying outdoor activities, fresh food, and history. With a long history, Fairmont was established by Boaz Fleming in 1789. Visitors will find peaceful outdoor parks with historical significance from both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. On your visit, be sure to check out all the historical societies and museums Fairmont has to offer.
1.Prickett’s Fort State Park
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Over 188 acres, Prickett’s Fort State Park is the place to go for historical education and connecting with nature. The fort was built during European settlement to protect settlers from Native American attack. Today’s guests visit a reconstruction of what the fort was believed to look like, though there are contradicting ideas. Inside the fort are four blockhouses (in the corners), a storehouse, a meeting house, and 14 small cabins. In the park outside of the fort are trails, picnicking areas, and an outdoor amphitheater for performances. Today’s fort also features a welcome center, which includes a research library and a gift shop.
106 Overfort Lane, Fairmont, WV 26554, Phone: 304-363-3030
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The Heston Farm is over 200 acres of land that features a pavilion, winery, animal farm, a natural spring, and a community garden. In essence, this farm is a privately-owned park, boasting playgrounds, a train, and a ton of fun for the whole family. An on-property winery and distillery are two features worth checking out for the adventurous adult. Pinchgut Hollow Distillery uses property-grown buckwheat and corn to distill West Virginia’s famous moonshine, as well as whiskey and brandy. While Heston Farm Winery includes more refined spirits that pull fruits fright from the vineyard and farm. In fact, Heston Farms claims to be the first winery in the area to please every wine drinkers palette.
1602 Tulip Lane, Fairmont, WV 26554, Phone: 304-366-9463
3.Marion County Historical Society
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Whether wanting to research more about Fairmont and Marion County or just wanting to discover some history while on vacation, Marion County Historical Society and Museum has several collections for you to peruse. The 1912 building that houses the museum was once the location of the county sheriffs. Today, each room features a historical period in America and Marion Country. Be sure to check out the collections about the glass industry, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, black history, and coal barons of the area. Of course, one room is dedicated to Marion County history specifically.
210 Adams Street, Fairmont, WV 26554, Phone: 304-367-5398
4.Marion County Park and Recreation Commission
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The Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission (MCPARC) is dedicated to providing fantastic outdoor activities throughout Marion County. MCPARC maintains 3000 acres of water and land and puts together programs for residents (and visitors) of all ages. One of the great locations run by MCPARC is the wave pool, which has a very minor admission fee for a day pass. The wave pool uses machinery to create artificial waves that have swimmers tubing and floating the waves all afternoon. It’s a great way to spend a hot summer West Virginia day. Along with summer day camps, MCPARC also has programs for geocaching, pickleball, and even a Christmas tree program in the winter.
1000 Cole Street, Suite B, Pleasant Valley, WV 26554, Phone: 304-363-7037
5.Marion County Vietnam Memorial
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Marion County Vietnam Memorial is a testament of respect and awe for those who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War, particularly those from Marion County. Visitors to the memorial will be greeted by a volunteer-built memorial led by Alfred Knoll. In 1994, construction began, but it wasn’t until 1998 that it was completed. Guests will see the monument that stands stoically as a reminder of the Marion County 27 men who lost their lives in Vietnam. A US Army Helicopter, called the Huey, is also displayed at the memorial. This helicopter logged almost 5,000 hours in flight in Vietnam.
35 City View Terrace, Fairmont, WV 26554, Phone: 304-363-2969
6.The Fleming Mansion
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For those interested in visiting the Fleming Mansion (often referred to as Thomas Fleming House), you’ll need to look for the Woman’s Club of Fairmont, which is located in the old historic building. The house was built for the Fleming family, and in 1906, Annie Sweeny Fleming chose to start a woman’s club for like-minded women. Since the mansion is the home of the Woman’s Club, it is closed for visitors. However, during special occasions, such as Christmas or tea events, all three levels are open for viewing. Today, the members are the ones who undertake special restoration projects and fundraisers to keep the mansion in top shape.
300 1st Street, Fairmont, WV 26554, Phone: 304-363-9414
7.Historic Woodlawn Cemetery
Historic Woodlawn Cemetery has a unique and interesting history in Fairmont. The first man to ever be buried there was Joseph Hamilton in 1875 when his gun went off and killed him. When the young man was buried right on the spot, the cemetery took root. Today, there are over 11,000 graves for guests to visit. There are many prominent names from the area buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, but if there is someone that needs to be found, in particular, volunteers can find out where every individual is buried. This, of course, comes with a small donation to the perpetual care foundation that keeps the cemetery looking pristine.
335 Maple Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26555, Phone: 304-366-3231
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At Mountain Creative, you’ll get the opportunity to express yourself through guided art. Many of these stores are popping up across the country - and for good reason; people love to be creative! Sometimes, it’s important for those who are not naturally creative to have a place where all supplies and ideas are provided in a safe and confidence-boosting environment. Mountain Creative includes a private room for those who want to put together a party. While at Mountain Creative, guests can work on mosaics, pottery, painting, and other crafts. Guests love how easy the owners are to work with, and how relaxed and encouraged they feel at Mountain Creative.
1200 Speedway Road, Fairmont, WV 26554, Phone: 304-612-6425
9.Muriale’s Italian Kitchen
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Muriale’s Italian Kitchen has roots in Italy and has been in business in Fairmont since 1969. Once owned by Rocco Muriale’s parents, Rocco keeps the family traditions alive through Muriale’s food, service, and love. You’ll often be greeted by Rocco himself when you first enter Muriale’s. Once seated, you’ll be treated to Southern Italian-style food for lunch or dinner. Catering for weddings and other events is also available. Classic Italian specialties, like fried calamari and bruschetta, are some of the first items to dive into. Then, jump right in for a mouthwatering entrée like shrimp fra diavlo, veal parmesan, or gnocchi.
1742 Fairmont Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554, Phone: 304-363-3190
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10.The Poky Dot
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When you’re in the mood for some fun and whacky food, it’s time to head to The Poky Dot. With a classic diner environment, you’ll feel welcome and entertained immediately. The friendly staff takes your order, and though the desserts are worth the visit, the food is just as delicious. From breakfast specials, like the crab omelet, to dinner specials, like pecan encrusted tilapia, there’s something for every appetite. When you’re ready for dessert (be sure to leave room), you’ll find the menu makes it quite difficult to decide. Blackberry cobbler, apple dumplings, cheesecake, s’mores, milkshakes and floats are just a few options. The Humongous Banana Split lives up to its name with nine scoops of ice cream alone.
111 Fairmont Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554, Phone: 304-366-3271
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Owner, Adam Cantoni, took a 60-year-old family recipe from Brescia, Italy, and adjusted it until the recipe was perfect for American clients. Today, patrons can enjoy pizza, appetizers, wings, and hoagies that keep locals coming back for more over and over. All pizza is thin crust, and customers can choose between white garlic or traditional tomato-based sauces. Appetizers include mozzarella sticks, pepperoni sticks, garlic knots, cheese bread, and chicken tenders. If you’re hungry for wings, they can be bought in 6, 12, 30, and 50 orders as bone-in or boneless. Wing sauces include Buffalo hot, lemon pepper, garlic parmesan, lemon garlic caesar, and buttered old bay.
1116 Fairmont Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554, Phone: 304-534-8777
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Mom’s Place is a restaurant that offers specialty buffets on certain days. Friday nights feature a dinner buffet, while Saturday and Sunday mornings feature the brunch buffet. The brunch buffet showcases some delicious breakfast items, as well as some a la carte options to go with brunch. Look for roasted tomatoes, baked beans, and sautéed mushrooms alongside your bacon, sausage, eggs, and hash browns. Homecooked meals are found in the dining room, providing comfort food, like beans and greens, in a Mom and Pop atmosphere. Customers say that the food is delicious, the prices are affordable, and you’ll feel like Mom is cooking just for you.
501 Holt Road, Fairmont, WV 26554, Phone: 304-534-8055
With a mission to provide fresh food with locally sourced ingredients, Wildflour is a restaurant that has expanded to include a food truck (Petunia). The owners believe West Virginia has the best produce, so why not support local business owners and farmers while cutting down on waste. At Wildflour, patrons find delicious comfort food, like chic n’ dumpling soup, grilled pimento cheese sammie, and French toast bake. Wildflour food is also regional and seasonal, offering items like wassail (hot mulled cider) and a Thanksgiving bowl filled with orange cranberry chutney, sourdough and cornbread dressing, Brussel sprouts, and of course, turkey.
1523 Mary Lou Retton Drive, Fairmont, WV 26554, Phone: 681-753-1711
12 Best Things to Do in Fairmont, WV
- Prickett’s Fort State Park, Photo: Prickett’s Fort State Park
- Heston Farm, Photo: Heston Farm
- Marion County Historical Society, Photo: Marion County Historical Society
- Marion County Park and Recreation Commission, Photo: Marion County Park and Recreation Commission
- Marion County Vietnam Memorial, Photo: Marion County Vietnam Memorial
- The Fleming Mansion, Photo: The Fleming Mansion
- Historic Woodlawn Cemetery, Photo: Srdjan/stock.adobe.com
- Mountain Creative, Photo: Mountain Creative
- Muriale’s Italian Kitchen, Photo: Muriale’s Italian Kitchen
- The Poky Dot, Photo: The Poky Dot
- Cantoni’s Pizza, Photo: pavel siamionov/stock.adobe.com
- Mom’s Place, Photo: kei u/stock.adobe.com
- Wildflour, Photo: Wildflour
- Cover Photo: City of Fairmont- City Hall