Mark Goodin’s "No Time to Grieve," is an account of the fascinating history of America’s first coal mines.


One of the first major industrial sites in the United States became a 44-acre preserve when Mid-Lothian Mines Park opened in 2004. Now dedicated to the citizens of Chesterfield County, past and present, the cut stone ruins of the mines surrounded by the beautiful woodland testifies to the courage, innovation and sacrifice of those who started the U.S. industrial revolution. The park is free and open to the public 6:00AM to 8:30PM.

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of America's first coal miners



Website Updated: 09/21/2023

The triumphant and tragic story of the first commercial coal mines in America, as told through the experiences of the nation's first coal barons ... and the hundreds of slaves who built their mines and later risked their lives alongside poor whites and immigrants in a dangerous and deadly search for an oily, black rock.