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Why the area around the Grove Shaft
fenced off as a construction area,
interrupting a major jogging route?
Thank you for your cooperation while we
facilitate the removal of a 19th century
Photos taken from a ladder bucket over
the Grove Shaft. The historic shaft,
normally filled to the top with groundwater,
is being pumped down to about fifty feet
in order to facilitate the removal of a
19th century pulley wheel lodged in
broken timbers. The pulley was discovered
in 2010 when the VA Department of
Environmental Quality loaned a
submersible camera to the VA
Department of Mines, Minerals and
Energy (DMME) to survey the old
625 foot deep shaft. The DMME has
generously funded stabilization of the
ruins and future construction and
interpretive signs so that this important
chapter of our nation’s early
industrialization is adequately documented.
Here's the erected pulley wheel to the right.
Trail and Bridges Dedication Ceremony
Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 10 am.
Mid-Lothian Mines Day 10/17/15
Saturday, October 17th, 2015. Tours will be given from 11am to 3pm.
There will be various musicians, games and displays on-site.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Amphitheater Concert on 5/17/15
Susan Greenbaum gave a free performance at the Mid-Lothian Mines Park amphitheater at 2:00pm on May 17th, 2015.
Concert was co-sponsored by Mid-Lothian Mines and Rail Road Foundation (MMRRF) and the Midlothian Ruritan Club.
Press Release: 5/13/2015
Developer to donate 21-acre park along Woolridge Road.
A popular county park is set to grow with a donation from a developer, and plans are afoot to add amenities that could turn it into a major regional historical and recreational attraction.
“It’s always been the plan to give it to the county,” said Tom Garner, the owner-developer of the adjoining MillWorks at the Green office complex. He also provided the county with the land where Mid-Lothian Mines Park is located.
Read more of the story at the Chesterfield Observer, our local newspaper.
Thank you for your participation in the Amazing Raise.
"Chesterfield Dedicates an Amphitheater to Honor Its Historic Coal Mines"
Listen to this WCVE-FM (NPR) news report with Charles Fishburne
Download the: Oct. 20, 2012 Amphitheater Dedication Program
Click here to learn the details about the new amphitheater and headstock being constructed on Woolridge Road, across from the park.
Watch this brief video to learn about the rich history of Chesterfield County, Virginia -- fueled, quite literally, by coal mining. Mid-Lothian Mines Park honors the area's past that represents the earliest systematic exploration of fossil fuel. On June 14, 2012, Tom Garner, a founder and president of the Mid-Lothian Mines & Rail Roads Foundation, led efforts to raise a 35-foot headstock reproduction. The headstock is an exact reproduction of the wooden support structure used on top of coal mines in the 18th century.
Mid-Lothian Mines Park is located at 13301 N. Woolridge Rd., Midlothian, Va. 23114 USA
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