By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian
Looking back at West Virginia history, it’s hard not to notice the disproportionate influence Marion County and Fairmont have had over the state’s development and prosperity.
Men of means and influence made Fairmont their home and devoted considerable resources to improving the city and state.
Now that “the Gilded Age” of coal barons and millionaires has come and gone, Fairmont’s proud sons lie buried in the historic section of Woodlawn Cemetery. As time goes by, their legacies fade.
But cemetery officials are hoping to turn that around.
Woodlawn Cemetery superintendent Gena Wagaman recently announced the cemetery’s “Adopt A Grave” program, which gives history lovers the opportunity to sponsor the grave of someone integral to the city and state’s success and contribute to the cemetery’s upkeep.