West Virginia
Greenbrier Valley: West Virginia Culture and Coal Mines
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.
Rating (5)
Program No. 9504RJ
6 days
Starts at

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
On Your Feet
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.
Featured Expert
All Experts
Profile Image
Doug Wood
Doug Wood is a biologist with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection in its Watershed Assessment Program. He earned a bachelor’s in wildlife management from West Virginia University in 1977. Since 1987, he has been researching 18th-century eastern American cultures and their environments. His ancestral threads intertwine from Cherokee, Scotch-Irish, English and German.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

Profile Image
Doug Wood
View biography
<%= Bio %>
Suggested Reading List
View 3 books

Click here to provide website feedback
Website Feedback