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!
Are you a history buff? We’ve put together a list of the best historical attractions in West Virginia, perfect for your nex outing.
Weston Hospital, a.k.a Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
This place is fascinating for a number of reasons. First of all, it’s one of the best examples left of the Kirkbride hospitals. It also happens to be the second-largest hand-cut sandstone building in the world, second only to the Kremlin!
West Virginia Penitentiary
It can be interesting, and enlightening, to visit a prison from a bygone era, an era when prisoners had very little rights. If staring at the gothic-style architecture isn’t unnerving enough, you can take a tour, as they are offered daily, and learn more about all of the riots and infamous inmates.
Wheeling Suspension Bridge
This beautiful engineering marvel was once the largest suspension bridge in the world between the years of 1849 and 1851. It was the first bridge to span the Ohio River and its existence was essential to the success of the National Road.
Even for those well-versed in the subject, the historical attractions in West Virginia can amaze as they each reveal something special about the history of the state.
Charleston, West Virginia, is packed with fun events and festivals all year long, but the people behind the 2016 FestivALL celebration don’t want you to have to choose — instead of deciding between multiple events in the same weekend, why not go to all of them at once? Starting this Memorial Day weekend, FestivALL brings together some of Charleston’s favorite events in one place, so you won’t have to pick a favorite.
The first event of the weekend, beginning on Friday, May 27th, will be Live on the Levee. Their first show of the 2016 season is slated to begin at 6:30pm that evening. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
The next day — Saturday the 28th — will be both an indoor and outdoor event known as the Taste-of-ALL. Taking place at Haddad Riverfront Park and 4Points by Sheraton, Taste-of-ALL is focused on giving festival-goers a taste of local and regional fare, all the while providing live entertainment and a make-and-take art area for the creative types. Beer and wine tastings will also be available.
Festiv-ALL will conclude Saturday evening on the Schoenbaum stage, where a number of both local and national musical artists will take the spotlight to perform. Like Live on the Levee, there will be food and drinks available.
Sunday will finish off the event lineup with West Virginia Public Broadcasting bringing the MOTH to Charleston, a radio program with an emphasis on the art of storytelling and the diversity of the human experience.
The 2016 FestivALL celebration on Memorial Day weekend is only a preview of further celebrations to come. The festival will return in mid-June from the 16th until the 27th to showcase live music, great food, plenty of drinks, and regional art and culture. Don’t miss it!
Spring is the loveliest time of the year to spend time outdoors. That’s probably why Earth Day takes place in April! In order to make sure that the great outdoors stay beautiful, you can participate in various Earth Day activities to help the planet. Here are just a few Earth Day projects to take part in.
- Pick up Trash at a Park
There is no better place to experience the beauty of nature than in a city or national park. That is why it is heartbreaking that so many people litter here. Help our parks stay beautiful by volunteering to pick up trash.
- Plant Trees
Our planet and our species rely upon trees to create the oxygen we breathe. Therefore, the least we can do is plant a few extra trees. They also make the community look a lot nicer and provide habitats for animals.
- Form a Work Carpool
For an automotive Earth Day project, consider forming a car pool with your co-workers. By doing so, you will reduce the amount of fuel emissions your vehicles make. Plus you will get to know your co-workers a lot better!
No matter how you decide to celebrate it, enjoy your Earth Day and the planet the holiday celebrates!