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Visitor Center/Mini Museum at Mullens, WV

It is proposed to construct and use a small building, based on a Virginian Railway telegraph office, as a tourist information center and mini-museum for the City of Mullens. The building would contain tourist information and brochures along with early photographs and memorabilia of Mullens and its railroad, coal, and logging heritage.The building would contain two small rooms with one containing a replica of a mid-twentieth century railroad telegraph office with the rest containing photographs and other displays. A volunteer (or paid if possible) guide would help visitors with local travel information.

It is interesting to note that the Virginian Railway required that material to construct the building come from other torn down structures. We have found some materials that were removed from Virginian buildings that will be used in constructing the Visitors center.

Building named in Feller's honor by John Conley Independent Herald click to view...

New Mini Museum/Tourist Information Center Named for Jack Feller click to view...

Press Release: National Make a Difference Day in West Virginia Recognizes Volunteers and AmeriCorps*NCCC click to view...

Press Release: MOC Crew Lays out Mini-Museum/Tourist Information Center in Mullens click to view...

Update on Mini Museum/Tourist Information Center - Construction Schedule click to view...
(pdf format) (posted Oct 13, 2011)

Proposal for Visitor Center/Mini Museum, Mullens, WV click to view...
(pdf format) (posted Sep 2011)



Day 1 with AmeriCorps NCCC working on the Visitor Center/Mini-Museum in Mullens, WV



Day 4 Allan Cook, Gary Renion & Larry Price place ceiling joists.



Day 4 AmeriCorps NCCC installing siding.







    

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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

Alternative Spring Break
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