If you live in Beckley, you’re aware of the city’s rich coal mining history. But have you taken the time to learn about what that job was like? Plan a visit to the Exhibition Coal Mine and you can see firsthand what the day-to-day life of a coal miner was like. The Exhibition Coal Mine brings in plenty of local and out-of-town visitors each year. Open from April 1st to November 2nd for drop-in tours, and all year for large groups, a visit to the Coal Mine is a great way to spend a day with friends and family.
Visitors hop aboard for a ride into the dark, cavernous passageways of the coal mine. Each guided tour is led by a veteran miner who can offer excellent first-hand explanations of every nook and cranny of the mine and the job itself. The tour’s route goes up to 1,500 feet and makes st ops at important sites so that the guide can explain their significances. The coal mine is always 58 degrees inside, so be sure to bring a jacket!
Once you’ve taken the tour, learn what a real Appalachian frontier settlement would have looked like at the Mountain Homestead. Check out the log house, the one-room schoolhouse, the blacksmiths’ and more. Be sure to pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic at one of the lovely picnic tables before you head home!