Southern West Virginia is rich in coal and railroad history. We invite you to take a walk down our “heritage lane”, where you’ll learn about coal mining and visit a town that was once only reachable by rail.
There will be plenty of places along the way to snap some incredible photos, and your day would not be complete without a stroll (and a meal) in one of America’s Coolest Small Towns, Fayetteville, WV.
Stop 1 – Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine
The Phillips-Sprague Mine opened in 1889, was commercially developed in 1905, and shipped out its first load of coal in January 1906. Operation ceased in 1953 and the mine was sold to the City of Beckley. The Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine opened in 1962; it then began offering a history lesson on mining coal in Appalachia. This was the first historic site dedicated to educating the public on coal mining.
Today, the Beckley Exhibition Mine takes you 1,500 feet underground in “man cars” operated by veteran miners. You will learn how coal was mined in the 1800’s and how it is mined today.
Cost / Hours of Operation
- $20.00 for adults (13-54)
- $12.00 for kids (4-12)
- $15.00 for seniors (55+)
- Open daily from April 1 – Nov 1 from 10am to 6pm (last trip underground departs at 5:30)
The coal mine is 58 degrees year round so bring a light jacket.
Don’t leave without a piece of fudge!
The mine site also has a living history component in it's Coal Camp, which includes a miner's shanty...