Monday, August 20, 2012

The Second Sunday Drive, Marion County WV

The state historical marker on the county line states:
"Formed, 1842, from Harrison and Monongalia.  Named for hero of the Revolution, Gen. Francis Marion.  County was home of Francis H. Pierpont, leader in formation of this State.  The Monongahela River forms just above Fairmont."
Covering 311 square miles, Marion County had 56,418 residents according to the 2010 U.S. Census.  18,704 of those live in Fairmont, the county seat.  The other two incorporated cities in the county are Pleasant Valley, immediately adjacent to Fairmont with a population just over 3,000, and Mannington, approximately ten miles west of Fairmont, with a population of approximately 2,000.  Mannington was the site of oil and gas drilling, which led to its wealth and prominence prior to the Great Depression.

The Marion County Court House
Fairmont, West Virginia

According to, forty-three percent of Marion County residents are church members, and twenty-five percent of those belong to one of the fifty-five United Methodist Churches in the county.  The average farm size in Marion County is 108 acres.  Twenty percent of those employed work for the government, and seventy-four percent work for private enterprises.  Among male employees, educational services, at eight percent, is second only to construction (12%) and is ahead of mining (including oil and gas exploration) at seven percent.

Abandoned Home, Metz, West Virginia

The Mannington School, Built 1902
Mannington, West Virginia

Mannington United Methodist Church
July 4, 1898

The Hamilton Round Barn
Mannington, West Virginia
The Barracksville Covered Bridge
Barracksville, West Virginia

Prickett's Fort State Park

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