Country Music and Mountain Heritage
The Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands is excited to offer a pre-conference tour showcasing the rich tradition and culture of the Eastern Kentucky Coalfields. Focusing on the natural beauty of the region, cultural traditions and unique AML projects sites, the whirlwind tour will begin in Lexington on Friday September 22 and will include overnight stays in growing downtown Pikeville and then at the historic Benham School House Inn.
Starting on Friday the tour will include: a guided trip and hiking at Natural Bridge State Park, a visit to the Country Music Highway Museum, a view from the Pikeville Overlook, and several AML site visits all in the first day! Saturday events include: A look at one of the most dramatic AML sites in recent history in eastern Ky, a stop at the Mountain Heritage Festival, a tour of the Kentucky Mist Distillery, an underground mine tour at Portal 31, a visit to the Coal mining museum, and a stay at the Benham Inn. Finally, on Sunday participants will visit: the future site of the Appalachian Wildlife Center, Pine Mountain State Park, a nationally nominated AML site and a stop at the Artisan’s Center in Berea Kentucky.
The pre-conference Tour is not included as part of the conference registration and costs $200 per person, plus hotel reservations at Hampton Inn Pikeville ($99/room) and the Benham School House Inn ($99/room). This tour has a limited number of participants, so be sure to reserve early! We'll need at least 10 people to register before the tour can take place. Some meals are included, but dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday are on your own. If you are interested in taking the Pre-Conference Tour, please contact Justin Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All stops are certain to be technically intriguing and culturally infused.
Expect to be surprised and entertained by the natural beauty and proud traditions of the Bluegrass region.