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Harlan Center

Convention and Tourist Information Center
201 South Main Street, Harlan
Kentucky Coal Museum

Exhibits Media Gift Shop Restroom

The Kentucky Coal Museum brings back to life one of the most unique and interesting aspects of early coal mining � the company store. Housed in the old commissary built by International Harvester in the 1920s, the museum features four stories of exhibits on the history of mining and the life of the coal miner. Visitors can enjoy a step back in time to the coal miner�s workplace, his home and his community. Artifacts, antiques, photographs, and machinery make up the more than 30 exhibits

Portal 31 Exhibition Mine

Ride Exhibit

Portal No. 31 offers visitors the unique experience of touring an actual coal mine by rail car. Visitors will adorn the traditional protective gear of the coal miner as they enjoy animated exhibits along the tour. The site also features a 1920s lamphouse, bathhouse, L&N train depot and loadout system.

Poor Fork Arts & Crafts Guild

Established in 1981 by local artisans and craftsmen in southeast Kentucky, the guild is a non-profit arts and crafts retail store which serves as a venue for local artists to exhibit and sell their works. The store is operated by volunteers, and provides an excellent place for local citizens and tourists to buy gifts and souvenirs that are 100% hand made.

Pine Mountain Settlement School

Environmental classes and workshops

A National Historic Landmark, Pine Mountain Settlement School was founded in 1913 as a boarding school for mountain children and as a settlement serving the community through economic, health and cultural initiatives.

Godbey Appalachian Center


The Center's mission is to promote the preservation of the Appalachian culture by stimulating artistic expression, to serve as a resource for the region's history and cultural traditions, to provide a forum for the arts through cross cultural experiences, and to promote the arts in education. The Appalachian Center regularly hosts arts exhibits and performing arts series.

Cloverfork Museum


The 1930s home is furnished with dated antique furniture and has two buildings filled with mining artifacts, memorabilia, a solid copper moonshine still on display and numerous pictures of Harlan County.

Hensley Settlement

4WD Vehicles Permitted Horseback Riding Permitted Hiking Restrooms

Atop Brush Mountain at the end of a seven-mile rugged wagon road, this historic settlement was established in 1904 and occupied until 1951. Stroll down fence-lined lanes, step into the blacksmith's shop, look into the springhouse and sit in the one-room schoolhouse. Licensed vehicles only. ATVs not permitted. No vehicles permitted inside settlement.

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Harlan County Outdoor Recreation Board Authority - (606) 837-3205 - info@harlancountytrails.com
Harlan Tourist & Convention Commission- (606) 573-4495 - harlancenter@harlanonline.net
Cumberland Tourist & Convention Commission - (606) 589-5812 - ctourism@windstream.net

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