By Audissey Media
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The town of Fairmont, West Virginia, is tucked into the green hills of Appalachia. Pioneers, bootleggers, and miners have all carved its collective story. This remarkable podcast documentary explores the past - through dozens of oral history interviews with local Fairmonters - and asks the question, “What makes Fairmont special?” The stories are intimate, personal, hilarious, and heartwrenching. This is history in a different light. Rather than a textbook focus on names and dates, this podcast tells , quite literally, the stories of Fairmont’s people. The podcast also features a 60-minute walking tour through Downtown Fairmont. Take a special journey - into the soul of this small town.
|1||VideoBirth Place of Holidays||In a strange historical coincidence, Fairmont is the birthplace of not one, but two national holidays. Join us to experience the story of these two special days – and how they trace their roots back to this West Virginia town.||23 2 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||VideoThat Good Lookin’ Ice Cream Man||Fairmont’s female population seems to remember a certain “good-lookin’ ice cream man”. Sixty years later, we talk to these women — who was he? Was he really that good-looking? Join us as we solve the mystery of the handsome ice cream man.||23 2 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||VideoSaturday Night’s Alright||What went on… when the sun went down? Plenty. Listen in as Fairmont’s “old-timers” share the stories of wild Saturday nights in the 1940s and 50s.||23 2 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
|4||VideoA Walking Tour of Downtown Fairmont||Come with us and enjoy an hour-long interactive walking tour of Fairmont’s historic streets.||23 2 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
|5||VideoWoodlawn Cemetery||On the outskirts of Downtown Fairmont lies a pristine hillside – a final resting place for thousands of Fairmonters. But Woodlawn Cemetery isn’t simply a burying ground; there’s something about this place, this hillside,||23 2 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
|6||VideoPostcards from Marion County||It’s a special corner of the world: a place to be explored; to be savored; to be celebrated. Come with us, on this journey to some of Fairmont’s most special places.||23 2 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
|7||VideoThe Palace Restaurant||Talk to any Fairmonter who was around in the 1940s, 50s, or 60s. Anybody who was somebody – or wanted to be somebody – hung out at The Palace Restaurant. It was the place to see and be seen. Come with us – as talk to the people who made the legend.||23 2 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
|8||VideoKing Coal||The story of Fairmont, West Virginia, is tied inextricably to the coal industry. In this episode of Finding Fairmont, we sit down with coal miners to explore the birth, life — and death — of the Fairmont coal mines.||23 2 2011||Free||View in iTunes|