The Exhibition Coal Mine and the Youth Museum will be celebrating the 4th of July weekend with some special visitors and events.
At the mine:
Friday and Saturday, July 1 and 2 from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm, Jim King and his son from King’s Blingz Glass Jewelry, will be at the Exhibition Coal Mine demonstrating the art of making handmade marbles. West Virginia was once the “marble capital” of the world and the Kings are doing what they can to keep this wonderful craft alive in the 21st century.
A handmade marble is a thing of beauty, a technical feat of glassworking, and a work of art. Each handmade marble carries with it the individual stamp of the craftsman who created it. The appeal of handmade marbles lies in their individuality. No two canes are the same, and no two marbles off the same cane are exactly the same. You cannot say that about most machine-made marbles.
Visitors love the the mine love seeing demonstrations and learning more about West Virginia culture and traditions.
At the museum:
Beginning Saturday, July 2, and continuing through the 4th from 10: am – 5:00 pm, the Youth Museum’s Mountain Homestead will play host to West Virginia Extension’s “History in a Wagon”. The program which originated at historic Jackson’s Mill in Lewis County, is designed to introduce participants to 19th century heritage arts, trades and historic transportation. The focus is on traditional hands-on activities that center on or around an 1800’s farm wagon. The hands-on activities are led by the excellently trained facilitators from Jackson’s Mill.
The traditional pioneer activities are fully explained. Details are given on what the activity actually is, its purpose, who would have been primarily responsible for the activity, and when and why the activity would have taken place. Each visitor then gets the opportunity to try their hand at either dipping a candle, marbling paper, grinding corn, or one of the several other object based learning activities offered.
Regular admission applies to entry into the Youth Museum, the buildings of the Mountain Homestead and the Mine and Camp.