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Williamson, West Virginia: House Made of Coal

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Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce

Address:
2nd Ave., Williamson, WV
Directions:
Rt 119 to Williamson, cross the big green bridge into town, first stoplight turn right. It's the 3rd building on the right. 2nd Ave. and Court St.
Hours:
M-Sa 9 am - 5 pm, Su hrs start in April. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
304-235-5240
RA Rates:
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House Made of Coal

Weighing in at 65 tons with two-foot-thick walls, it's the only "coal house" that really is made entirely of coal.

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Repairs underway at the coal house - 2011.

House of Coal

It's still there and standing at 2nd Avenue and Court Street, but burnt. It was funny to drive from Louisville, KY to Williamson, WV to see a burnt pile of coal.

[Joy, 05/24/2011]
House Made of Coal

Williamson's Coal House was gutted by a fire in October 2010. The coal part -- the exterior walls and arches -- escaped with almost no damage. The building's entrance is currently boarded up with plywood, but Mingo County plans to start replacing its interior walls, floor, and ceiling in April.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 03/16/2011]
Coal House

Having lived in Williamson all my life, I've been in the coal house before, which is also a hot spot for visitors of the Hatfield-McCoy Marathon every June. What's also interesting is the fountain in front of the coal house, just to the left, that is of Chief Logan, a major historical figure for Mingo and Logan counties. It's full of pennies now, and last Halloween someone put bubblebath in it as joke.

[Kristin DeBoard, 11/04/2006]

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Hatfield-McCoy Love Baby GraveHatfield-McCoy Love Baby Grave, Burnwell, KY - 4 mi.
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McCoy Well and HomeplaceMcCoy Well and Homeplace, Hardy, KY - 6 mi.
In the region:
Burial Ground of the Hatfields, Sarah Ann, WV - 16 mi.

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