Harry W. Meador Jr. Coal Museum

Harry W. Meador Jr. Coal Museum, Big Stone Gap: Hours, Address, Harry W. Meador Jr. Coal Museum Reviews: 4/5

Harry W. Meador Jr. Coal Museum

Harry W. Meador Jr. Coal Museum
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Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
13:00 - 17:00
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RL1101
Washington DC, DC77 contributions
The Man Makes The Museum
Jun 2021 • Couples
I borrowed the title of this review from another reviewer, to emphasize the critical volunteer docent role on appreciating this museum. The collection is very rich, but cannot be appreciated fully without Freddy’s detailed comments. This was especially true for the large boring machines outside, which bore no labels. Worth a visit, but worth so much more when he’s around to guide.
Written 14 June 2021
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Mixa's Travels
Oldsmar, FL2,499 contributions
Learn the History of Coal Mining
Jun 2021 • Couples
Good museum to learn the history of coal mining in Southwestern Virginia. A docent, former miner shared his mining experience along with the coal mining history. We didn’t have time to really see and learn from all the items, pictures, and equipment. Having lived in Big Stone from birth until I was 10 years old, I remembered the building when it was a community center. (Had my birthday party there as a child). It was built as a museum, then community center and back to a museum. ) Visitors should plant time to learn more about the coal mining industry and the types of coal mined.
Written 2 June 2021
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Patty S
Monticello, IN78 contributions
closed
Oct 2019
We tried to go to this museum but it was closed, even though the website said it would be open. Don't know if the website needs updated, or what. Kind of disappointed.
Written 8 November 2019
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Debron J
Clinton, MO18 contributions
The man makes the museum
Nov 2018 • Couples
I am giving 5 stars because of Freddie Elkins, the caretaker and guide of this little museum. Without Freddie, I would rate it 2 or 3 stars. When we pulled up, Freddie was at the door motioning us in. (The physical appearance of the museum is not very impressive, to say the least. Watch you step at the entrance. The walkway says "very limited budget.") At one end of the museum was a small group of chairs where we were invited to sit. Freddie proceeded to tell his story. He was a wonderful story teller – nothing fancy or polished – just recounted his life growing up in a coal mining family and becoming a miner himself. Since my wife and I were the only ones there, his presentation was more like a conversation. We were then invited to look around the museum and ask questions, if we had any. We had lots of questions, which Freddie readily answered. A few pieces of mining machinery were outside, which Freddie also guided us through. You could wander through the museum and grounds on your own, however interpretive signs are wanting. We stayed three hours and perhaps would have stayed longer had we not gotten hungry for lunch. This is probably not the best stop for little children – lots of loose items sitting around with little behind glass. Freddie said he wasn’t there every day. I’m not clear whether the museum is simply closed when he’s not there. I’d suggest calling ahead. There was no admission charge, however donations were accepted. I believe the city maintains the museum.
This museum contrasted with the other museum (Southwest Virginia Museum State Park) in town with its professionally made exhibits (with hard to read signs), manicured grounds, and large staff.
Written 22 November 2018
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alta415
Ravenna, OH27 contributions
Very Interesting
Jun 2018 • Family
This Place was very informative . The guy who talked to up was Great . The things we seen in there were Amazing My family is from there and I learned a lot ..
Written 25 July 2018
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shar0nkay
North Manchester, IN20 contributions
Free museum
Jun 2017 • Family
This was a great free museum. Very knowledgeable, friendly staff. The guy that gave his presentation had worked in the coal mines.
Written 19 June 2017
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jamie P
Keokee, VA7 contributions
Great little museum
May 2017 • Family
My Grandfather has a train there that he made so thought I'd go in and check it out. Its a nice will museum w/ lots of local history. If you have a family member who has ever worked in the mining industry you should really come check it out.
Written 30 May 2017
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Kathy T
West Bloomfield, MI2 contributions
Things to do
May 2017 • Couples
Website stated Saturday 10am
Quite far from major roads
It was closed. Sign on door stated new hours. Should have updated website if you want people to stop in.
Written 6 May 2017
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Peakwoman
Manchester, UK29 contributions
Preserved record of past mining in Big Stone Gap. Virginia.
Oct 2016 • Family
Informative visit and guide who had been a miner. Full of history of the town not just the mining. Gives a true flavour of how hard life was for the miners and families. Many artefacts to see.
Written 15 October 2016
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joan w
Corona, CA144 contributions
Worth a visit if you're in the area
Aug 2015 • Couples
Many interesting artifacts in this small museum which is housed in a historic building. Very knowledgeable docent who worked in the coal industry. There is a nice model of a coal mine showing how coal is mined.

Written 22 August 2015
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Harry W. Meador Jr. Coal Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 13:00 - 17:00
  • Wed - Sat 10:00 - 17:00