History and Preservation Efforts

The Historic Fleming Mansion
GFWC Woman's Club of Fairmont


This past Christmas season, the Woman's Club of Fairmont opened their doors to the Community with a "Tea with a Twist" during Fairmont's annual Italian Festival known as the "Feast of the Seven Fishes." Guests were served Italian cookies and tea, and they were able to tour all three floors of the Mansion. It was a total success. Thirty members donated cookies and assisted in the event.

In the past the Club held at least one High Tea each year, and these teas were eagerly awaited by local residents. They are one of the longest standing fundraisers held by the Club. Today they have been replaced with a modified version called "Tea with a Twist" that includes cookies, tea and a mansion tour. It is held on the same day as the Fairmont "Feast of the Seven Fishes" and the Club tries to feature a good selection of Italian goodies.

In 2011 the Club held their 16th annual tea, an English-style High Tea in tribute to the Royal Wedding earlier in the year. In March 2012, the ladies of the Club hosted a "Midsummer's DayDream Tea," including a dramatic portrayal of Harriet Tubman by Illene Evans [in cooperation with the WV Arts and Humanities Center]. Ladies were asked to wear cream or white, gloves, hats and pearls. Hot teas, canape sandwiches and pastries were served to guests. The event was attended by women from Fairmont and surrounding towns, and it attracted a number of new members. In 2017 the Club had to cancel their modified tea as the mansion heating system shut own. : ( We'll be back next year. Do come.

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A Midsummers Daydream Tea
Midsummers Daydream Tea
Table Set for Tea With a Twist
Christmas "Tea With a Twist"
Ladies in the Grand Salon
Ladies at Tea
Preparations for Tea
Preparing for a Tea
Mothers Day Tea 2013

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