My husband and I stopped by the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine in Beckley, WV on our way back to Columbus, OH after a long weekend of caving. I highly recommend making this stop, as the whole compound offered a lot in the way of coal mining history. The campus included log cabins (houses and stores) from the 1800s, coal miners' houses from the late 1800s to early 1900s, a coal mining museum, a children's play place, and the best part: a ride through an old coal mine! All throughout our visit as we stopped by each exhibit there were guides there to share with us the history of these buildings and the mine itself. The whole experience was enjoyable and relaxing; my husband and I definitely learned way more than we ever knew about the coal mining industry during our visit. So anyone stopping in or traveling through the Charleston, WV area should add this stop to their list!