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DECEMBER 12th at 4:00 PM
156 Wood Smoke Way, Pocahontas, VA - Lodging for Original Pocahontas (OP) Spearhead Trail now open in Pocahontas, VA
Pocahontas, VA- A piece of Pocahontas’s history will be used once again. Thanks to over $5...00,000 in grants and loans , what once was a thriving railroad will now be an historical walking trail.

The trail is being developed on what was once a railroad track that carried over 44 million tons of coal out of Pocahontas from 1883 until 1980. The walking trail will lead straight to the Pocahontas Exhibition Mine where most of that coal was mined.

Once the trail is complete, the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) will work with Tazewell County to develop signs to not only explain the historical significance of the trail but to also educate visitors about coal mining past and present. DMME granted the town $3,500 for the signage.

“I look forward to expanding what is already the gem of Pocahontas”, said Mayor Ben Gibson. “Coal is our history and we can not only invite people from around the world to see what happened here but also, by working with DMME, educate the next generation about the importance of mining in Pocahontas.”

DMME Deputy Director, Butch Lambert said he’s glad the agency partnered with the town to preserve an important part of Virginia. “The development and improvements in safety in today’s coal mines are due to those who worked in such places such as Pocahontas. This is certainly an important piece of Virginia’s mining history that needs to be shared.”

The trail should be complete by December. Groups of 20 or more should call 276-945-9522 or send an email to to schedule a tour of the Exhibition Mine and to visit the walking trail.
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Town of Pocahontas, VA

Welcome to Town of Pocahontas
Historical Coal Mining Town

Pocahontas is a town in Tazewell County, Virginia, named for the Algonquian Indian woman Pocahontas. The population was 441 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Bluefield, WV-VA micropolitan area which has a population of 107,578. Pocahontas was the location of the start of this region’s coal boom with a spur line that launched the Norfolk and Western Railroad (now Norfolk Southern) into national prominence during the 1880s. The large two-state coal region bears the town’s name. Pocahontas was also the birthplace of jazz pianist Teddy Weatherford.

Pocahontas, Virginia, a different location outside of Tazewell County, was added to Petersburg, Virginia in 1785.


The Town of Pocahontas owns and operates the Pocahontas Exhibition Mine and Museum, a National Historic Landmark and Virginia’s official “coal heritage zone.”  Read more…