9504
West Virginia
Cold War and Coal Mines: History and Culture in Greenbrier, WV
From historic towns to its legacy of coal mining, from Native American traditions to the Greenbrier Resort and the Cold War, learn the uniquely American story of West Virginia.
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Program No. 9504RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
999
Getting There
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At a Glance

Deep below Greenbrier Valley lies a secret bunker, known during the Cold War as “Greek Island.” Fronted by the Greenbrier Resort, this underground relocation facility was intended for use by the Congress of the United States in the event of a nuclear attack. Learn about the history and culture of this unique Appalachian region, from the secret bunker in Greenbrier to the Coal Camps of Beckley and the historic charm of Lewisburg — surrounded by rolling hills, mountain forests and picturesque farmlands. Experience Appalachian heritage through traditional music, stories, arts, crafts and more.
Activity Level
Moderate
Standing for up to an hour and a half and walking up to a half-mile on field trips.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about the lives and work of coal miners during a field trip to the Beckley Exhibition Coal mine and Coal Camp.
  • Visit the beautiful Greenbrier Resort and take a step back in time to the Cold War as we explore the Cold War bunker.
  • Study the history, customs and daily life of Native Americans during a presentation by a member of the Cherokee tribe.
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Lori Pace
Lori Pace has served as a sociology instructor at Concord University since 1999. A resident of Lewisburg, Greenbrier Valley, she is a foster parent trainer for the PRIDE program, and is the student services coordinator at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center in Beaver, W.V. She looks forward to sharing her love for West Virginia and its residents on this Road Scholar learning adventure!
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