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FAIRMONT -

300 First Street was the home to Thomas and Annie Fleming in 1901.

Annie Fleming was the first president of the Women's Club in Fairmont and now that honor belongs to Nancy Bickerstaff.

Five years ago, she fell in love with the house and said she put 110 percent into bringing it back to life. 

"Plaster on the third floor was just destroyed," Bickerstaff said. "There was all kinds of furniture. We could have had a couch burning, a West Virginia couch burning. We took six couches out of there because they were apartments and people rented them and they just left their stuff. It was very bad." 

To celebrate all of its hard work, the Women's Club opened its doors to the community on Saturday to see all three floors of the newly renovated Fleming house. 

"The people are just awesome," Bickerstaff said. "We are a team of people that have a passion for the house. One person can't do anything but a whole bunch of hands can do it. So, they've done it." 

The Women's Club had more than 80 reservations for the event and people were still coming through the door.

Some traveled from other counties in West Virginia to catch a glimpse inside of the house. 

"We came up from Morgantown to see it and it's well worth the five dollars," said Morgantown resident Frank Kuhn. "It's great, overwhelming, interesting, historical. It was built in 1901 I believe. It's just a beautiful house. It really is." 

The Women's Club decorated the house for the holidays and provided tea and cookies to its guests.

Bickerstaff said she has had a to-do list for five years and it feels good to see the finished product. 

"We kept a theme to it too," Bickerstaff said. "Lots of Christmas trees. Fourteen all together. It's lovely, it really is. It's just overwhelming to see everything done." 

The Women's Club will be providing historical tours in the future based on response. 

For more information on the Women's Club, you can contact Nancy Bickerstaff at (304)-366-2321.