Virginia January 01, 2018
The Spooky Virginia Hike That Will Lead You Somewhere Deserted
Whether it’s a gorgeous overlook or a breathtaking natural attraction, most hikes here in Virginia lead to somewhere extraordinary. One such hike certainly qualifies as impressive, but it’s rather unconventional. Deep in the woods of Midlothian Mines Park, there’s a deserted coal mine with a rather chilling story to tell. Here’s more on this haunting, yet incredibly fascinating trail.
The scenic park known as Midlothian Mines can be found outside of Richmond at 13301 N. Woolridge Rd., Midlothian, VA 23114.
Beautiful all year round, this spot is beloved for its ample walking and running paths. Yet the history of the land is perhaps the most intriguing aspect of all.
Follow the historic trails and you'll find yourself at the scene of a troubling mine shaft explosion that took place in the 19th century.
The grove shaft mine was built in 1836 and, plunging an impressive 625 feet into the earth, took three years to complete.
Mining conditions were brutal. Boys as young as eight labored tirelessly with men of all ages in 12-hour shifts. Underground coal carts were pulled by 25 mules and the company hospital was always attended.
Despite careful precautions, tragedy ensued. On February 3rd, 1882, a methane explosion caused 32 men to be trapped underground. Though there were several rescue attempts, all of them proved futile.
Today, a trek to this historical site proves informative, yet one cannot help but feel the heaviness surrounding the Grove Shaft Mine.
Along the way, there are plenty of signs and historical markers to help paint the picture of what life is like in this working coal mine in the late 19th century.
Have you visited the Midlothian Mines before? If so, be sure to share your experiences there with us! For related content, you can read about
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