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June 20, 2014

Residents celebrate state’s birthday

FAIRMONT — West Virginia turned 151 years old Friday, and residents celebrated with cake and music.

The Marion County Historical Society held a birthday party in celebration of our state’s birthday at the Marion County Museum. Dora Grubb, president of the Marion County Historical Society, said celebrating the state’s birthday in Marion County is very significant.

She said with Marion County being the home for Francis Pierpont, who is known as the “Father of West Virginia” and the first governor of Restored Virginia, it’s only right to celebrate when West Virginia became a state.

“We feel we hold the heart of West Virginia becoming a state because if it had not been for Pierpont we would not have been a state,” Grubb said.

On Friday, the historical society entertained guests with music, candle making, tours and birthday cake. We Three played all the songs they knew that mentioned West Virginia on the front porch of the historical society.

“They have looked up all the West Virginia songs and playing them,” Grubb said.

Grubb said celebrating West Virginia’s birthday is important because it recognizes those who have came before us in this state.

“I think we need to remember all the important people that came from this area,” she said.

Find the full story in Saturday's Times West Virginian, available at newsstands or through home delivery by calling 304-367-2525 or 304-367-2527.

Email Emily Gallagher at egallagher@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @EGallagherTWV.

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