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Fairmont (West Virginia)

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Fairmont [1], nicknamed the "Friendly City", is a city of 19,097 people (as of 2000) in West Virginia. It was established in 1820 as Middletown, and changed in 1843 to Fairmont, short for "Fair Mountain". Mary Lou Retton — a gold-medalist gymnast in the 1984 Olympics, who was highly popular around the country and particularly in West Virginia — is originally from Fairmont.

Fairmont is part of the High-Technology Corridor along I-79, home to companies such as Allegheny Energy, the FBI Identification Facility, and numerous software-oriented businesses.

Get in[edit]

Fairmont is located at the intersection of US-19, between Morgantown and Clarksburg, and US-250, between Wheeling and Elkins. It's also adjacent to I-79 (exits 132 through 139), which runs largely parallel to US-19 in the region.

Get around[edit]

Allevato’s Taxi 681.404.9439 Always Open 333 E. Park Ave, Fairmont

Fairmont – Marion County Transit Authority Call 304.366.8177 for scheduling information 400 Quincy St., Fairmont Office Hours Mon – Fri 8 am – 5 pm

Bus Hours Mon – Fri 7 am – 7 pm Sat 8 am – 5 pm

Morgantown Municipal Airport (MGW) 304.291.7461 100 Hart Field Rd., Morgantown Open Daily 5 am – Midnight

North Central West Virginia Airport (CKB) 304.842.3400 2000 Aviation Way, Bridgeport Open Daily 5 am – 11 pm

See[edit]

  • Barrackville Covered Bridge, junction of WV-21 and US-250. A 148-foot single-lane historic covered bridge.
  • Downtown Fairmont, 304-366-0468. Walking tours available for the historic section of town.
  • Marion County Historical Society, Inc. & Museum , 211 Adams St., Fairmont, 304.367.5398, [2] Built in 1912, the former home to the county sheriff is listed on the National Register. This 2-1/2 story home contains artifacts dating as far back as the colonial period. Special events throughout the year. Special tours and events are available upon request at other times. Open Mon – Sat 10 am – 2 pm
  • West Virginia Folklife Center, 1201 Locust Avenue at Fairmont State, 304-367-4403 or 304-367-4286, [3]. Dedicated to the identification, preservation, and perpetuation of the region's rich cultural heritage, through academic studies, educational programs, festivals and performances, and publications.

Parks[edit]

  • Curtisville Lake, WV-7 (Curtisville Pike) past Logansport, [4]. 695 acres and a 30-acre lake. Hiking trails, fishing.
  • East Marion Park, State Street Extension, [5]. 32 acres. Tennis, basketball, softball, horseshoes, mini-golf, hiking and jogging trails, playground, wave pool and waterslide. Mini-golf open from 11AM to 8PM daily; admission $2.

Hutchinson Park/Rail Trail Access – The four-acre park offers a playground, baseball field, and play field area adjacent to the rail trail. Travel Rt. 19 S from Fairmont – one mile south of Worthington. Cross over old green bridge to park.

Marion County BMX Park – Home of the “Poor Farm BMX” bicycle track, a nationally sanctioned facility with the National Bicycle League. Located just off Hoult Road. From I-79 take Exit 139, turn towards Pricketts Fort, and pass the Exxon. At stop sign turn left (south) on Rt. 73. Go past K & T Truck Stop (BP Station) and take first right. Go ¼ mile on Hoult Road, and then turn right.

  • Mary Lou Retton Park, Mary Lou Retton Drive and Old Monongah Road, [6]. 25 acres. Four baseball fields, one football field, tennis courts with practice wall, playgrounds, West Virginia Miner's Memorial.

Mannington Pool / Hough Park - The Mannington Pool features a separate two to three foot kiddy pool as well as an adjoining three foot pool that gradually increases to ten feet with a diving board. Showers and restroom facilities are available. A concession stand is also on the premises. 200 Poolside Dr., Mannington

  • Pricketts Fork State Park, WV-3 off I-79 (exit 139), 304-363-3030, [7]. Features a recreation of the rustic log Pickett's Fort from 1774. Guides in period costume recreate late 18th-century life and demonstrate colonial crafts. The park includes Pricketts Creek and Bay, the Monongahela River, an interpretive nature trail, hiking, walking, jogging, cycling, boating, fishing, and a 400-seat amphitheatre.
  • Valley Falls State Park, WV-310 off I-79 (exit 137), 304-367-2719. 1,145 acres for fishing, horseshoes, whitewater rafting, 18 miles of hiking and biking trails. Foaming waterfalls and the remains of a sawmill and grist mill.
  • Worthington Park, US-19 in Worthington, [8]. 10 acres. Waterfall, softball, horsheshoes, fishing, West Fork River Trail.

Do[edit]

  • Coal Country Miniature Golf, 3 Hollen Circle, 304-366-9300, [9]. Miniature golf and batting cages with a coal-mining theme. 18 holes. $5 - $8.
  • Valley World of Fun, 2017 Pleasant Valley Road, 304-366-2500 or 877-366-2501, [10]. Open 10AM to 10PM Sunday through Thursday, and 10AM to 11PM Friday and Saturday. Miniature golf, 24 bowling lanes, lasertron, bumper cars, bumper boats, indoor and outdoor climbing walls, 5,000-square-foot maze, 90-foot slide, indoor midway, Himalaya mini-coaster, gyro, whirly bird, rock-n-roll cage, Twister, soft play area, arcade, snack bar and cafe. Day passes $14 - $20.

Movies[edit]

  • Tygart Valley Cinemas, 7 Tygart Valley Mall, 304-363-1132, [11]. 9 screens. $4.50 - $6.

Events[edit]

Fairview July 4th Celebration – a real, old-fashioned family summer fun in Fairview, West Virginia, with a parade, a community band concert, non-partisan patriotic speeches, a cakewalk, games and contests for the kids, musical entertainment and a fireworks show! 304.449.1458 www.fairview4th.org

Feast of the Seven Fishes – commemorating the traditional Italian Christmas Eve celebration, on the second Saturday in December. The event features two centerpieces - an Italian street market and a Seven Fishes cooking school. Great LIVE Italian and Christmas Music. 206 Adams St., Fairmont. 304.366.0468

Johnnie Johnson Blues and Jazz Festival – An annual Blues and Jazz festival in Fairmont. Featuring top name entertainment with great food and family fun. P.O. Box 1737, Fairmont 304.363.5377. www.johnniejohnsonbluesandjazz.com

Lower West Fork River Fest – An annual festival held the second weekend in June; two days filled with tons of family fun, parade, pageant, car show, entertainment, games/contests, environmental information and fireworks. “We Party With A Purpose.” Worthington Park, Route 19 South; Worthington. 10 am – 10 pm 304.657.2501

Mannington District Fair Association – The Fair is held the first full week in August of each year. “Where the Fun Begins and Never Ends.” P. O. Box 149, Mannington 304.986.1911 www.manningtondistrictfair.org

Paw Paw District Fair – Held Tuesday through Saturday the third week in July. Features fun for the entire family including children’s activities, entertainment, music, rides, commercial vendors selling their wares, a wide variety of food and attractions. 304.278.7042

West Virginia Three Rivers Festival – Held in May. Annual festival featuring parade, carnival, children’s exhibit, pageants, entertainment, food and fun for all. 304.363.2625 www.wvthreeriversfestival.org

Buy[edit]

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  • Arts & Antiques Marketplace, 205 Adams Street, 304-534-8980, [12]. Arts, antiques, collectibles and more in the historic Jacob's-Hutchinson-Block building located in Downtown Fairmont.
  • Craft Connection Gift Shop , 303 10th St., Fairmont, 304.367.1060 Open Mon to Fri 10 am to 5 pm Sat 10 am to 2 pm, Gifts, antiques, pottery, dolls, Boyd bears, candles, baskets, primitives, and more. VI, MC, AX accepted. www.facebook.com/pages/Fairmont-WV/Craft-Connection/90480982539
  • Main Street Shoppes , 221 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont, 304.366.2007, Open Tues to Fri 10 pm to 5 pm Sat 10 am to 3 pm.Breath-taking fresh flower arrangements, gifts, artificial flowers that look real, dried wreaths. Peaceful quaint atmosphere.
  • Rider Pharmacy, 303 Merchant Street, 304-366-2710, [13]. Open 8:30AM to 8PM Monday through Friday, and 9AM to 5PM on Saturday; closed Sundays. Family-owned and -operated since 1967, offering floral arrangements, gift baskets, Boyds Bears, WVU souvenirs, Department 56 and other gifts.
  • Sew Chic, Old WV-73 off I-79 (exit 39), 304-366-4135 or 877-366-4135, [14]. Open 10AM to 6PM Monday through Friday, and 10AM to 2PM on Saturday; closed Sundays. Fabrics, threads, books, repair service, heirloom supplies, cabinets, magazines, and sewing and quilting classes.
  • Sweet Memories Antique Mall , Exit 139 off I79: Pricketts Fort Rd. Fairmont, 304.366.3990, Open Mon to Sat 10 am to 5 pm Sun noon to 5 pm, Antiques, quilts, glassware, stoneware, furniture, jewelry, military, primitives and more. Wide variety of antiques. Where memories come alive!
  • The Illusive Skull Costume Castle ,1314 Morgantown Ave., Fairmont, 304.363.4785, Open Mon to Fri 10 am to 6 pm Sat 10 am to 2 pm, Costume rental – wigs, theatrical makeup, masks, retail costumes, period weddings, costume accessories, and clown supplies. www.illusiveskull.com
  • White's Fine Jewelry, 9 Middletown Rd., Fairmont, 304.366.7999, Open Mon to Fri 10 am to 6 pm Sat 10 am to 3 pm, Offering the finest diamond, gold, silver, platinum jewelry, watches and more. www.whitesfinejewelry.net

Learn[edit]

  • The local newspaper is the Times West Virginian, 304-367-2500, [15].
  • Fairmont State University, 1201 Locust Avenue, 304-367-4892, [16]. State university founded in 1865, offering 90 baccalaureate and 50 associate degrees.
  • Pierpont Community & Technical College, 320 Adams Street, 304.367.4920, [17] Community and technical college and continuing education.

Eat[edit]

Fairmont is the "Home of the Original Pepperoni Roll". If you want to get them fresh, rather than pre-wrapped in a convenience mart, your best bets are the traditional variety at the Country Club Bakery, or the giant variety at Colasessano's.

  • Aquarium Lounge, 620 Gaston Avenue, 304-366-1500. Open 11AM to 10PM Monday through Friday, and 5PM to 10PM on Saturday; closed Sundays.
  • Classics Cafe, 236 Adams Street, 304-366-3979. Open 8AM to 3PM Monday through Friday. Homemade soups and sandwiches.
  • Colasessano's, 9705 Mall Loop, 304-363-0571, [18]. Open 8AM to 8PM Tuesday through Thursday, and 8AM to 9PM Friday and Saturday; closed Sundays and Mondays. A local favorite for over 50 years, serving pizzas, salads, sandwiches, chicken wings, and large pepperoni rolls. Freshly-baked bread and cookies daily.
  • Country Club Bakery, 1211 Country Club Road, 304-363-5690. Open 7AM to 6PM Monday through Friday, except Wednesday, and 7AM to 3PM on Saturday; closed Wednesdays and Sundays. Bakery supplying pepperoni rolls to grocery stores and convenience stores around Fairmont; try them hot and fresh. They also carry Italian breads, rolls and cookies.
  • Dairy Creme Corner, 187 Homewood Avenue, 304-366-6809. Open 10AM to 10PM Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 10PM on Sunday. The biggest cones in town!" FlavorBurst ice cream (used for sundaes, shakes and malts), offering fried appetizers, salads, sandwiches, barbecue, pepperoni rolls and funnel cakes. Try their peanut butter milkshake.
  • DJ's 50s & 60s Diner, 1181 Airport Road, 304-366-8110. Open 7AM to 10PM Sunday through Thursday, and 7AM to 12AM Friday and Saturday. Fifties-style diner with waitresses in poodle skirts. Classic American favorites, milkshakes and ice cream floats.
  • Dutchman's Daughter Restaurant, 2612 Fairmont Avenue, 304-367-1064. Open 11AM to 9PM Sunday through Thursday, and 11AM to 10PM Friday and Saturday. Home-cooked meals.
  • Mi Pueblo, 2500 Fairmont Avenue in Middletown Mall, 304-363-9355. Open daily 11AM to 12AM. Family-owned Mexican restaurant.
  • Muriales Italian Family Restaurant, 1742 Fairmont Avenue, 304-363-3190. Open 11AM to 9PM Monday through Thursday, 11AM to 10PM Friday and Saturday, and 11AM to 8PM on Sunday. Fine Italian food and home-cooked meals.
  • The Poky Dot, 1111 Fairmont Avenue, 304-366-3271. A nostalgic 1950s restaurant which began as a barbecue stand in the late 1940s and turned into a sit-down diner in the 1950s. Munchies, breakfast foods, soups, salads, wraps, sandwiches, steak, chicken, cheesecake, pie, cobblers, milkshakes, malts, sundaes and ice cream floats. Try the appetizer-laden Dot Combo Platter.
  • Say-Boy Steak House Restaurant, 905 Country Club Road, 304-366-7252. Open 8AM to 9PM Monday through Saturday, and 8AM to 8:30PM on Sunday. A local favorite for 45 years. Steaks, chicken and Italian specialties.
  • Wings Olé, 1486 Locust Avenue, 304-363-5264, [19]. Open 11AM to 12AM Monday through Thursday, 11AM to 2AM Friday and Saturday, and 12PM to 12AM on Sunday. Chicken wings, salads, side dishes, sandwiches, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas.
  • Yann's Hotdogs, 300 Washington Street, 304-366-8660. varied hours. A Fairmont tradition and proud of it. The best hotdogs in the state. No special order; comes with everything or plain only. Mr. Yann is the "hotdog Nazi" of WV but respected and loved by all.  edit

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • Avenue Motel, 816 Fairmont Avenue, 304-366-4960.
  • Country Club Motor Lodge, US-19 and Country Club Road, 304-366-4141 or 800-728-0809, [20]. 30 rooms. Fitness center, health spa, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, methol inhalation room, personal trainers, tanning, aerobics classes.
  • Inn at Pettyjohn, 1117 Fairmont Avenue, 304-363-0100. 49 rooms. Seasonal outdoor heated pool, hot tub. On-site 50s diner. Jacuzzi suites and in-room fireplace available. Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Clarion Inn, I-79 and 930 East Old Grafton Road, 304-366-5500, [21]. 106 rooms. Outdoor pool. On-site restaurant (Simmering Pot Family Restaurant) and bar (Franny's Lounge). Complimentary newspaper.
  • Days Inn, 228 Middletown Road, 304-366-5995. 46 rooms. On-site barber/beauty shop and restaurant. Free access to nearby fitness center.
  • Quality Inn & Suites, 1185 Airport Road, 304-367-1370. 85 rooms. Fitness center, outdoor pool. Complimentary continental breakfast.
  • Red Roof Inn, 50 Middletown Road, 304-366-6800 or 800-733-7663. 108 rooms. Complimentary newspaper.
  • Super 8 Motel, 2208 Pleasant Valley Road, 304-363-1488 or 800-800-8000. 54 rooms. Whirlpool rooms available. Complimentary continental breakfast and newspaper.

Splurge[edit]

  • Fairfield Inn and Suites, 27 Southland Drive, 304.367.9150 or 800.228.2800. Microwave, refrigerator in suites, hairdryer, high speed internet, iron, ironing board, coffee maker, complimentary continental breakfast buffet. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and banquet facilities for up to 72 people. http://ow.ly/FBnSf
  • Holiday Inn Express , 2256 Landing Ln., 304.816.5133 or 888.465.4329. 71 rooms, Free high speed internet, coffee makers, elevator, hairdryers, iron, ironing board. Complimentary breakfast buffet. Heated pool and spa, 24 hour fitness center. http://ow.ly/FBnyG
  • Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham , 20 Southland Drive, 304.363.3100. Enjoy a Great Night’s Rest and Free Breakfast at this Pet-Friendly Hotel has 62 rooms featuring a flat-screen TV, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, hair dryer, and iron and ironing board.

Bed and Breakfasts[edit]

A Natures Song Bed & Breakfast , 274 Forest Ln., Mannington, 304.986.3401 Share a quiet, serene setting with the songs of nature. Away from the traveled paths with picturesque views, and queen-sized pillow top beds. Now with WiFi. [22]

Gillum House Bed & Breakfast , 35 Walnut St. Shinnston, 304.592.0177 or 1.888.592.0177, Your host prepares personalized routings for day trips. Packages available. Homemade breads, fresh-roasted fresh-ground coffees. Where you are treated like a guest, but feel like family. Free WiFi. [23]

Rhododendron House Bed & Breakfast , 306 Mead Ave. Mannington, 304.216.2622, Built in 1919, a renovated three-story brick house featuring French doors with beveled glass, hardwood floors and coffered ceilings. Three guest rooms are available, offering luxurious linens. Breakfast will be served in the spacious dining room. Guests can relax on the large front porch, read a book in the library or enjoy the sun-room. [24]

Get out[edit]

Routes through Fairmont
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  • Grafton is about 30 minutes southeast on I-79 and US-250.



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