RAIL is currently engaging in many endeavors to acquire, preserve, and restore historical and cultural sites in southern West Virginia. The historical sites from the coal camps and past heritage of the region are slowly deteriorating, and with them the last remnants of a bygone era that was integral to the formation of the region and development of the nation as a whole. Through the development of an Artisan Trail, RAIL is working with artisans in Wyoming County to develop strategies to improve their skills and increase sales of their unique regional products. RAIL is currently establishing Wyoming County's first Historical Preservation Society.

In addition to establishing Wyoming County's first Historical Society, RAIL is also heavily involved in the renovation of the Mount Grove Baptist Chuch in Wyco. The church was first built in 1917 by Major W.T. Tams at Wyco Coal Camp "C" for the white population of the camp. There was a different church for the African Americans of Wyco.

After a deminished following, the church was abandoned in 1990; which marks the start of the structure's exposure to the natural elements without any up keep, causing it to be compromised.

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Volunteers are a vital part of RAIL's success. We are SEEKING VOLUNTEERS! Please contact us if you want to make a difference and join our remarkable work teams.

In September 2010 RAIL volunteers began initiating a plan to invigorate Community and Economic development in the southern coalfields of West Virginia. In the past ten years RAIL has studied the needs of families in Appalachia as well as available resources and other accessible opportunities that can help their community become sustainable. Gaining a better understanding of what is needed has culminated in the Coal Heritage Trail of New Commerce Action Plan. Those implementing this plan, an organization at the grass roots, well understand their work cannot be successful without the help of volunteers and generous resources providers. Anyone interested in participating in this bold undertaking of helping families living in the Appalachian coalfields improve their economic and social conditions may contact mullensproject@aol.com for more information. RAIL gets its name from Rural Appalachian Improvement League, Inc. and can best be described as Volunteers coming together as an organization to find ways to best benefit their community

March 18, 2011

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