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Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum

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Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum

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NeoWasHere wrote a review Aug 2020
Frederick, Maryland2,968 contributions391 helpful votes
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Our main reason for visiting this place was to see The Peace Totem roadside attraction just outside the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia. This quirky 25 ft. tall sculpture was erected in 1986 by local sculptor Mark Blumenstein and is said to house a time capsule. Located in the same complex was the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine where I was able to check out the West Virginia Coal Miners statue, external view of the Rahall Company Store, Slab Fork Coal Co sign, the loading area of the underground Mine Tour, external view of the Superintendent's House, and a Raleigh County Coal Mines historical sign. Due to time constraints, we were not able to stay long to take advantage of all the exhibits offered in the complex. They also were not offering underground tours of the mine due to safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. What a shame. Instead, they are offering a video available for visitors to watch. I can watch a video at home. This 2020 shortened and modified attraction schedule provides visitor hours Wed-Sun from 10a-5p open until the beginning of November with reduced admission pricing of $10/adults (ages 18+) and $5/children (ages 4-17). Normally, admission pricing were $20/adults, $15/seniors (ages 55+), $14/military, and $12/children (ages 4-17).
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Leander S wrote a review Jul 2020
New Castle, Indiana94 contributions17 helpful votes
The one day we had available to visit, it down-poured. Because our vehicle was in the shop, we were unprepared for the weather. The lady at the front desk loaned us her umbrellas so we could go outside to visit everything which was the sweetest! Underground tours were not available when we went because of social distancing requirements, but that was okay. They have reduced the price of admission because of that. It was a nice place to wander and consider all things coal mine! Also, the fudge was wonderful!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Kimberly C wrote a review Jul 2020
Gastonia, North Carolina7 contributions3 helpful votes
We learned a lot about what it was like to be a coal miner. The homes were interesting as was the little church.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Mark G wrote a review Jul 2020
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Was beautifully kept with the mine and miner village along with a homestead village. They had folks there to answer questions. Well worth the trip. Thanks
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Jerome M wrote a review May 2020
Gary, Indiana1,441 contributions81 helpful votes
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This was our first time in a coal mine and the village. It was very educational on how the coal is processed. Our guide was very knowledgeable and able to answer all questions. I can see how this could have been a tough life back then. The village or camp is well organized to include something for all of your needs (doctor, dentist, barber shop). This is another good place for students to take a school trip and also visit the Youth Museum.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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