Bituminous Coal Heritage Foundation Museum


One place we recommend visiting while doing research on Blair Mountain and mining history of Southern West Virgina is the Bituminous Coal Heritage Foundation Museum. They have a vast collection of period pieces that date from the 1800s to the present, including artifacts from the Battle of Blair Mountain and other primary sources.

As their website states, they are “preserving the heritage of the Southern WV coal fields through Miner’s tools, photographs, oral history tapes, company records and other pieces of the state’s mining history.

It was established in 1999 and is housed in the former Madison Post Office that was built in 1924.

Open Monday through Friday 12PM-4PM
347 Main Street, Boone County, Madison, WV 25130
Contact: Larry V. Lodato, Phone: 304-369-5180 or 9118,Fax: 304-369-9130,
Located in downtown Madison, West Virgina. US Rt. 119 (Corridor G) Take the Danville-Madison Exit, go two miles to Madison.

Published in: on May 4, 2011 at 8:43 pm  Comments Off on Bituminous Coal Heritage Foundation Museum  
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Kenny King’s Blair Mountain Collection

Kenneth King is the leading archeologist and studier of the battlefields that surround Blair Mountain and has collected many artifacts from various sites. These particulars can be found at the Coal Heritage Museum in Madison, WV. What makes this impression is the collection of various bullets, AEF buttons, spoons, whistle, etc. Also, this makes note of the Gatling Gun that the miners had successfully stolen from one of the mining companies and used it against Don Chafin’s militias. Of other interest is the Coca Cola bottle.

Published in: on April 29, 2011 at 9:20 pm  Comments Off on Kenny King’s Blair Mountain Collection  
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