Ashland Company Store: Discover the Ashland Company Store - a West Virginia coal company store reborn to its original use, complete with old money vaults and tin ceilings! Relax in a handmade rocking chair, thumb through a novel set in the McDowell County Coal Fields, or sample West Virginia jams, jellies, sauces and other gourmet treats. Browse through historic relics and memorabilia from the southern West Virginia coalfields, including, miner hats and dinner buckets, coal company script, and photos and letters from the period. Like the original coal company stores, we've got something for everyone - Hatfield McCoy Trail passes and logo merchandise, snacks, souvenirs and local crafts. Y'all come see us!
Coal Camp Cafe: At the Coal Camp Cafe you will find a selection of sandwiches and box lunches to go as you enjoy the nearby Hatfield McCoy Trail, or try our daily West Virginia specialties. Enjoy your meal in our vintage lunch room, at one of our picnic tables or on the trail! Breakfast served all day.
West Virginia Products: The Ashland Company Store is a great place to find authentic West Viginia handmade crafts, including quilts, candles and soaps, coal figurines, artwork and local jams and jellies, many from Tamarack-juried artisans. Read the stories of our crafters, who may apply skills handed down through the generations and use unique materials to make their products. Check our schedule to see if one of our local crafters is on site giving demonstrations or offering a class. Many of our artists accept custom orders for quilts, woodwork, or other art pieces. Take home a special memory of beautiful southern West Virginia.
Ashland History: In 1915, the community of Ashland boasted of an inn, two schools, two churches, a theater and a population of 1,500. Miners lived in company-owned housing and were paid in "scrip" rather than cash, which the workers used to purchase nearly everything - food, clothing, and supplies from the company store. Each coal company produced its own unique scrip - highly collectible today! Today Ashland has 29 residents, many of whom worked the mines but now own their coal camp homes and enjoy life in this quiet community.
Coal Fields Museum: Our store is a living museum of coal history, from our window displays of original merchandise and store records to our special exhibits of coal mining hats, lanterns, and dinner buckets. Check out the historic panorama photos - and maybe identify a relative who once worked in the mines. See examples of coal company scrip from many different mines and perhaps even purchase a replica of the Ashland Coke and Coal Company scrip!McDowell County WV was once the largest producer of coal in the U.S. Vist us to discover the people and their history that made this possible.