Tour the underground mine, visit the Coal Camp, the Museum and the Gift Shop stocked with West Virginia items & freshly made fudge in a variety of flavors. The hands-on exhibitions and underground coal mining tour offer wonderful opportunities for our visitors to learn, explore, interact and share.
As the focal points of the City’s lovely New River Park, the Exhibition Coal Mine and the Youth Museum draw thousands of people to the area annually. The unique underground mine, the recreated coal camp, the Youth Museum and the Mountain Homestead are surrounded by inviting lawns, colorful flowers, picnic areas, an imposing coal miner statue and a whimsical 20 ft. “Peace Totem”.
At the Exhibition Coal Mine, one can ride through the dark passages of a vintage coal mine. The guides are veteran miners and provide firsthand accounts of the daily responsibilities and travail of past and present day miners.
In addition to the Mine, one can tour the period coal camp buildings situated throughout the grounds. Lovingly restored, the Coal Company House, Superintendent’s Home, Pemberton Coal Camp Church, and the Helen Coal Camp School, give visitors a true representation of early 20th century coal camp life.
The Exhibition Coal Mine operates on a seasonal schedule, opening on April 1 and closing November 1. Visitors are asked to bring a jacket because the temperature is always 58 degrees inside the Mine.
Let’s Get Curious.
Curious is a large and wonderful exhibit that will take us several weeks to install so the Museum won’t reopen until January 28.
Join the Piney Creek Watershed Association for their Earth Day Celebration at Weathered Ground Brewery.
More details to come!
Free kids race – one lap around the track
Free 5K – 12 laps around the track. This event is not timed
Registration opens at 9:30am
Come join Active Southern West Virginia for our free Regional Fun Run! This walk/run event will take place on April 18th at Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, WV from 10am-12pm. Our Kids Run will be our first event. Children of all ages are invited to participate in this untimed, one lap event. Post-race snacks will be available along with fun field games, a raffle, and a group photo.
Healthy Kids Day is the nation’s largest health day for children and families. Ys across the country host and celebrate this day dedicated to promoting education, activities and experiences that teach good health and foster connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests, so youth and families in 10,000 communities achieve greater health and well-being for their spirit, mind and body.
Lake Stephens Campground and Marina will be opening for the 2020 season.
A Celebration of WV’s State Flower. Mid to late May is the perfect time to see the Rhododendron in bloom! Grandview – New River Gorge National River is one of the best places to enjoy a hike and our state flower. – events including art show, classes, concerts, Sweet Treats, history, recreation & scenic walks.
The annual Sweet Treats Celebration is being held at the Beckley Intermodal Gateway Plaza on Neville Street in conjunction with Raleigh County Schools Day of Arts and Music. This is a fund-raiser for the United Way. Attendees can sample a variety of desserts (12-3pm) and drinks at vendor booths and uptown businesses. Free entertainment will be featured from 11am to 4pm. Tickets may be purchased in advance ($5 for 5 sample tickets, door prize entry and people’s choice ballot) with a limited number available on event day.
The Little General Soccer Classic is held each year in honor of Darrell Moore, who was a YMCA youth soccer coach and was one of the individuals that helped launch the girls soccer program in the Beckley area. Darrell passed away too early in his life, but he left behind a program that continues to develop successful female players both on and off the field. The tournament, made possible by Little General, includes boys and girls teams from West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina and Tennessee and is held at the YMCA Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex.
All the best things about WV will converge at Weathered Ground Brewery for the third annual WV PubFest – A WV Music & Craft Beer Festival. Musicians from around the Mountain State, Craft Breweries, Food Vendors, Artists, and Craft Vendors will all join forces once again to help raise money for West Virginia Public Broadcasting! Come experience the best live music and craft beer that West Virginia has to offer, all while helping to support such a crucial organization.