Fairmont ornaments

Fairmont City Councilwoman Dora Kay Grubb shows Christmas ornaments for Fairmont’s 200th anniversary and the Feast of the Seven Fishes.

FAIRMONT — People can bring a little history to their Christmas tree this year.

A Christmas ornament commemorating Fairmont’s 200th anniversary is now available.

At the last city council meeting, council member and former Marion County Historical Society President Dora Kay Grubb unveiled the piece, along with one for the Feast of the Seven Fishes.

Grubb said Patricia Pagan, the director of Main Street Fairmont, designed the 200th-anniversary ornament, with input from a committee that included herself and others.

She noted that it features a pear in a nod to Boaz Fleming, who founded Middletown, which was renamed Fairmont in 1843.

“Boaz Fleming, when he came here, he brought a small sapling pear that he nurtured all 300 miles and brought, and it was planted right down here by the Fairmont Hotel,” she said. “And it was there until 1936, and everybody talked about the pear tree and how he brought and started the pear trees down around here. A cane was made from the pear tree, and it is down at the museum.”

She said organizers of the 200th-anniversary celebration are hoping to have a pear cooking contest next year.

Grubb thought the ornament was worth saving.

“A 200th birthday is really something for us to celebrate,” she said.

The ornament features the slogan, “Our Vision is 20/20.”

Joni L. Morris, executive director of the Marion County Historical Museum, was impressed by the pear aspect of the ornament.

She thought it had a modern look.

According to Grubb, the Feast of the Seven Fishes ornament features art submitted by Robert Tinnell, who is the director of the “Feast of the Seven Fishes” movie that was recently released.

“This is what he wanted on it, and I believe it is taken from some of the publicity from his book and his movie,” she said.

She said the ornaments are $10, which can be purchased at the Main Street Fairmont office or during the Feast of the Seven Fishes.

Eric Hrin can be reached at 304-367-2549, or ehrin@timeswv.com.

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