From the Beginning
On March 15, 1842 John Sadler announced a public sale of lots. The purchaser of the first lot has the honor of naming the town. Lot No. 1, located on the point, was purchased for $100 by Seth Stafford of Monongalia County, Virginia. He named the town Point Marion. It is interesting that this town was named for a Southern Revolutionary War Hero (General Francis Marion aka. The Swamp Fox), who never stepped foot in this area.
Point Marion Today
Point Marion is a small town in southwestern Pennsylvania which has a lot to offer to those who visit, from paddling on the Mon or Cheat, to enjoying our public park, eating at our local restaurants, and visiting our well-known local businesses. History enthusiasts will enjoy our historic structures, like the 100-year-old Point Marion Baptist Church, and nearby Friendship Hill National Historic Site, which was once home to Albert Gallatin, an early American Politician. The Sheep Skin Trail passes through Point Marion as well.
Special thank you to Mr. David Callahan for sharing this excerpt from the historical book Point Marion from the Beginning. You can find this book at our local Point Marion Library. The book was compiled by a group of eight citizens (Katherine Wyda, Diane Watson, Rowena Bowers, Joan Callahan, Mary Jo Uphold, Karen Rishel, Margaret Maurer, and Donna Cocalis) from Point Marion who felt that the history of our area should be preserved for the future generations. Also a special thank you to our 2021 Point Marion Council members and Mayor for all the hard work and dedication with getting the website up and running for the residents of Point Marion.