During this last week, as I have talked to friends and first responders who have been to the devastated areas in our neighboring counties, I am somewhat in awe that, for the most part, Marlinton was spared from the record flooding. But, we know how it feels. That is why so much effort to help is coming from our area. The cleanup is not fun, but, it happens – one day at a time.
So, it is with a tremendous sense of compassion for those individuals and families affected and likewise, with gratitude for our blessings, that I have the privilege to say, “Welcome to Marlinton – the oldest English speaking settlement west of the Alleghenies.”
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2016 Pioneer Days Festival, now, in its 50th year. My prayer is that you experience the area’s tradition of friendly hospitality.
Pocahontas County is a treasure within itself, and one of the Best Kept Secrets in the East.
One year ago, I was new to the mayor’s office. Within 24 hours I had decided Pioneer Days “might not be the best time to transition into the mayor’s office.” But, one thing is sure – Pioneer Days is always a good time – a good time for family reunions, class reunions, reunions with friends.
The Greenbrier River Trail provides a good starting place for walking and biking. I encourage you to take a deep breath, smile, and enjoy a few days with us.
Take time to learn of other Pocahontas County attractions and plan to come back again real soon. There is too much to see in one visit.
If you want further information, visit the friendly staff at the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau and
Thanks for visiting our Festival, our County, and our Town.
Sam Felton, Mayor
Town of Marlinton

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