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Bituminous Coal Heritage Foundation Museum

347 Main Street

The coal heritage foundation, organized in conjunction with the boone county development authority, purchased a building in downtown madison to house the museum and visitor’s center. The tremendous growth of the annual west virginia coal festival, and the historical atractions in and around the county seat of madison, prompted the coal foundation and boone county development authority officers to move forward to purchase a building and establish the permanent museum site in madison.

The building purchased for the museum was built in 1924. It housed the old madison post office, and has historical significance.

The family of the late tommy ellis, a madison businessman who always supported the festival and his community, graciously agreed to donate a building adjacent to the one being purchased for the museum by the foundation. The building donated to the foundation is located at 347 main, the old ben franklin store.

The downtown museum showcases the culture and history of coal and its people, and brings many visitors annually to boone county and southern west virginia. Brochures are available in the museum on other tourist and historical sites in southern wv.

Boone county is the logical choice to establish the museum and visitor’s center. Boone county is where coal was first discovered in 1742, and has been the economic lifeblood of the county for decades.


David P

Thursday, June 7, 2018
so much information under one roof, decades of materials describing the life of coal miners up to present day. A must visit if you are anywhere close to the area, you will not be disappointed. The staff that oversees the museum's collection are very knowledgeable and extreamly committed to their cause. museum was very informative

Denise Stollings

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
I love the museum has so much to tell

Kris Mitchell

Friday, June 22, 2018
So interesting and many detailed and historical items.

Roy Williams

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Roll coal!

Chris Campbell

Monday, May 7, 2018

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