Custom Ironwork


The decorative iron grill work installed at the entrance of the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center (in late August of 2012) was designed and executed by Greg Bray, Master Blacksmith and Executive Director of Pricketts Fort State Park.

It is a representation of several ethnic styles of ironwork. The top, or gable end, is representative of Pennsylvania Dutch (German) folk art, which is seen within the two mirror images of the folk art birds (which means happiness). The two birds are supporting the Gabor WV Folklife Center folk art logo, which in itself is representative of an Appalachian quilt design. The bottom third of the grill work is all scroll work of English origin, including the middle element, the heart (which means love).

The Grand Opening Celebration of the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, on the campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College, was held on October 27, 2011. Generous gifts, donations, and grants have been applied to the adaptive reuse of the historic properties, on the west side of campus, formerly known as The Colonial Apartments (c. 1941) and The Kennedy Barn site (c. 1903) on the original location of the Michael Kennedy Dairy Farm.

The Kennedy Barn, reminiscent of the Dutch Colonial Revivalist Style, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior on July 26, 2006.

FSUNow Stories

Friday, March 24, 2017

Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art and the Fairmont State University Department of Language and Literature will host a two-day Celebration of Issue 36 featuring nine Kestrel writers on March 31 and April 1.

Events will be located in Jaynes Hall and the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the FSU campus and at the community coffeehouse, Joe ‘n Throw, 323 ½ Adams St., Fairmont.

On Friday, March 31, three day-time events are free and open to the public:

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State University presented two awards at the Midwinter Gathering for the Friends of the Folklife Center on Friday, Feb. 24.

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Monday, November 07, 2016

A series of events will honor Fairmont native and “Forgotten Hero” James Show Maddox.

“This is a really inspirational story of leadership and survival and is an account of a World War II incident involving a young U.S. Navy ensign who grew up on Pittsburgh Avenue in Fairmont,” said local historian M. Raymond Alvarez, who became fascinated by Maddox’s story and has written a 50-page local history publication titled “Forgotten Hero.”

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