While making your vacation plans for 2015, consider touring the Oldest, Last of its architectural design, One of a kind, Coal Camp Company Store.
Experience the rich history as we celebrate the heritage of the West Virginia Coal Miner, his family, and Coal Camp Life.
Join us for an interactive and guided tour to explore the many cultural and historical treasures that abound in this circa 1890, Only one of its kind Company Store. Join us to discover little known facts about this historical icon. Unravel the question, why a hidden safe? Where is the secret second floor? Operate the original hand operated freight elevator. Send a postcard from the Whipple post office. Discover the curiositiessurrounding the 3rd floor ballroom. Explore the dark corners of the basement. Walk in the footsteps of the coal mining families.
Hear the stories, legends, and lore that make the West Virginia coal mining era a heritage not to be forgotten.
This very unique architectural structure sold everything from candy to caskets, and was the center of the coal camp life.
The continual preservation work going into this beautiful building allow us to Enjoy a piece of timeless history Join Us For A Guided Tour
Building tour: approx. 30 minutes, $10.00 per person This tour introduces you to the design of the building,the reason behind its achitecture, the basics of the freightroom,grain room,the main store area,book keepers office,the vaults, and the secrets of the center square......
Womans tour: approx. Hour and a half (90 min.), $20.00 This tour focuses on the life and times of the coal camp woman. Stories of coal camp secrets shared from the woman who have lived the life. You will tour the main level of the building and a sneak peak of the Ballroom.
Educational tour: approx. 2 hours(could last longer) $25.00 Recommended for anyone studying appalachian heritage or has a passion for the history of coal camp life.
Haunted History tour: 8:30 pm-11:00 pm $25.00 per person The building has been a noted haunted structure since 1954. If you enjoy haunted stories and experiences, paranormal investigation, or the deep,dark,secrets of the past this may be the tour for you. Reservations required for this night tour- 304 465-0331 see our Haunted History page.
Kids in the Coal Mine tour: approx 2 hours $15.00 per person An excellant tour for school field trips, scouts, 4-H, family reunions or group tours 8or more. Tour the company store, work the hand operated freight elevator, experience the workings of the 1900 post office,mine coal in our simulated coal mine, have it weighed, get paid in scrip, shop in the scrip store, make a craft and enjoy a coal miners snack. This tour offers a great opportunity to learn about our West Virginia heritage, coal mining experience and Appalchian culture. reservation required- group rate available for 12 or more 304 465-0331 firstname.lastname@example.org
You will be amazed at the Outstanding photos that are displayed throughout the museum. We are grateful for the priviledge to exhibit this collection Thank you to the George Bragg Collection and Gem Photography
These historical photos capture our true Appalachian culture, and history. You will be tempted to take photos of these wonderful pieces of history Please note that these photographs are on loan and we ask that you donot photograph them. No pictures of pictures The photographs may be ordered in our gift shop. Photos are allowed on the tour at designated photo spots, and of the building itself. We ask that NO video taping be allowed during the tour