A view of the Abbey from the right side
Above: A View of the Abbey from the right side. Front door is on left side of image and hidden behind trees.

Abbey gets prettied inside
The entrance inside the front door gets prettied up with flowers and a spot to rest. Notice the rear window is being repaired. The stained glass had suffered serious damage from vandalism.

Front View of the Abbey
Above: The front entrance to the Abbey with overgrown bushes. Below: The front entrance being cleaned up.Facelift in Progress

After the Cleanup
After the Abbey exterior cleanup.
Future plans include fertilizing and replanting in the coming spring.

The Abbey Clean-up & Repairs

Woodlawn Abbey is separate from Woodlawn Cemetery and has its own Board of Directors and Perpetual Care Fund. However, due to lack of funds, maintenance has been seriously neglected. Needed repairs have come to the attention fo the Woman's Club of Fairmont, a non-profit organization that has long been active in serving our community. Led by co-President Nancy Bickerstaff, these photos show ongoing progress.

The Woman's Club of Fairmont is asking for donations to help restore this beautiful historic landmark. Checks can be made to GFWC of Fairmont and mailed to 300 First St. Fairmont WV 26554. Funds will be used for restoration, including filling the many potholes, stump and dead tree removal, restoration and cleaning work on the Abbey, plantings, new entrance signs, etc. Check our Woodlawn site and the Woman's Club site for updates of work in progress and work completed.

Do ask questions. In brief, here are some of our future plans and other projects which have already been completed. Our volunteers have been busy giving the outside of the Abbey a facelift and cleaning up the inside. 23 vents have been fabricated, painted and installed. A large vandalized stained glass window section has been repaired. Cemetery lanes and sidewalks have been cleaned, limbs and brush removed, The Black Veterans section has also been freshened.


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Looking Out
Looking Out

When a volunteer work session is scheduled at Woodlawn, it will be listed in the TWV Calendar of events or in John Veasey's Column. Normally work sessions will be from 9-12 on Saturdays but check to make sure.

A separate account is being opened for donations and all checks will go directly to Woodlawn Cemetery. The WC is a 501-c-3 and will issue tax deductible receipts if requested.

Abbey's new vents
One of the new vents, before painting and installation.

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