Experience life as a coal miner in the late 1800's at the Pocahontas Exhibition Coal Mine and Museum. Learn how coal was mined with a pick and shovel and the risk coal miners endured before safety measures were mandated. Visitors will see how coal was cut, blasted down and loaded into mine cars. In contrast to modern methods of cutting the coal, there is an illustration of the old hand method of undercutting, preliminary to blasting down the coal. Opened to the public in 1938, it is the only Exhibition Coal Mine in the world in which visitors may view the famed Pocahontas #3 coal seam, which is more than ten feet in height, seen in its original state.
Open:
Weekends in April _ May
Wednesday _ Sunday, June _ September.
Alternate phone number: (276) 945-9522