Love You, Mom and Dad

Love You, Mom and Dad

Visit the site where Mother’s Day was first observed in the United States.  Anna Jarvis, who grew up in Grafton, WV, founded this holiday in her hometown.  See the International Mother’s Day Shrine, the church where the first Mother‘s Day service was held in the U.S. Then, tour Anna Jarvis’ birthplace and childhood home which was used by Gen. George McClellan as his headquarters during the Civil War. Enjoy a wonderful lunch or tea at beautiful Adaland Mansion. Visit the gorgeous gardens and gift shop. Shop at wholesale rates and take home a wooden spoon or coffee scoop, a gift any mother would appreciate. At the Father’s Day Church, you‘ll see artifacts from the first Father‘s Day church service and enjoy a living history presentation of Fletcher Golden, the father who inspired Father‘s Day or Frances Pierpont, the governor of the Restored Government of Virginia, considered the Father of West Virginia, and his wife Julia Pierpont, who has been credited with founding Decoration Day, now called Memorial Day.

Other Options:

  • You‘ll watch as a piece of wood is handcrafted into a one-of-a-kind kitchen
    utensil from start to finish at Allegheny Treenware.
  • Learn what the ladies of the era wore in a Victorian fashion show.
  • A vocal or pipe organ concert at the church can be added for your enjoyment.
  • See the Philippi Covered Bridge, site of the first land battle of the Civil War.