After her retirement from FSU in 1997, Joann became a dedicated preservationist of Marion County. One of her first forays into historic preservation was the establishment of the Fairmont Historic Landmarks Commission. From there, she led the charge to nominate Fairmont’s Woodlawn Cemetery to the National Register of Historic Places. Perhaps her greatest achievement was saving the Marion County Jail from demolition. With nothing more than grit, determination, and hard work, she fought tirelessly to protect this building which is now curated as a part of the Marion County Museum and Historical Society.
Joann continues to impress Marion County residents with her dramatic portrayals of Aunt Sukey, also known as the witch of Rivesville. She also brought Fairmont founder Boaz Fleming and the first governor of the restored state of Virginia, Francis Pierpont to the forefront of Marion County’s consciousness. She is a tireless researcher and writer who continuously contributes articles and opinion pieces to our local newspapers. She continues to educate West Virginians daily and brings a dose of wisdom and a ready smile wherever she goes.
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