Fairmont in Marion County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Middletown was renamed Fairmont in 1843.
Erected by The Marion County Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1819.
Location. 39° 29.082′ N, 80° 8.604′ W. Marker is in Fairmont, West Virginia, in Marion County. Marker is on Adams Street east of Monroe Street, on the left when traveling north. It is to the left of the Marion County courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fairmont WV 26554, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Original Dunbar School (here, next to this marker); Marion County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Fairmont (within shouting distance of this marker); High-Level / Million Dollar Robert H. Mollohan BridgeA. Brooks Fleming House (about 400 feet away); Attack on Fairmont (approx. 0.2 miles away); Francis H. Pierpont Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Colonel George S. “Spanky” Roberts, USAF Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairmont.
Also see . . . Marion County History. “Oral history indicates that in 1808 Boaz Fleming made his annual trek to Clarksburg to pay his brother’s Harrison County taxes. While in Clarksburg he attended a social gathering that included Dolly Madison, his cousin. He complained to her about having to travel over a hundred miles each year from his home to pay his Monongalia County taxes and his brother’s Harrison County taxes. Dolly Madison supposedly suggested that he create his own county to save him all that travel. Six years later, Boaz Fleming circulated a petition to do precisely that, naming the proposed county Madison County, in honor of Dolly and President James Madison. The petition failed to gain sufficient support to be presented to the Virginia General Assembly. He then focused on creating a town (Submitted on August 5, 2009.)
1. Boaz Fleming
Thank you for this wonderful site. We have a photograph of Clarissa Fleming, the daughter of Boaz, who was 1 year old when he arrived in this region. Of course she is an elderly lady in the photograph. Also, he brought a sapling pear tree with him. We have a cane made from a limb of the pear tree.
Both can be found at the Museum.
Dora Kay Grubb, President
Editor's Note: Thank you for this information. If you would like to submit pictures of Clarissa and/or the cane, we can post them here on this page.
— Submitted April 10, 2010, by Marion County Historical Society, Inc. & Museum of Fairmont, WV 26554, Marion County.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 5, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,786 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on April 12, 2010, by Marion County Historical Society, Inc. & Museum of Fairmont, WV 26554, Marion County. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 5, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.