Department of Parks
Carter Caves State Resort Park to Host Largest Mining Show in Eastern U.S. April 5

Press Release Date:  Friday, February 21, 2014  
Contact Information:  Coy Ainsley,

OLIVE HILL, Ky. – The Eastern Mining Collectors Association will hold its third annual Spring Meet and Show at Carter Caves State Resort Park on April 5.

Vendors from across the country will be at the show to sell, buy and trade artifacts used in the mining of coal, gold, silver and copper. The artifacts include various types of mine lamps, mine signs, photos, posters and other items. Vendors will also be available to give free appraisals of mining-related items that you might have hidden in your attic, basement or barn.


Representatives from the When Miners March Traveling Museum will showcase mining history. Members of the Northern Appalachian Coal Mining Heritage Association from Fairmont, W.Va., will also be at the show.

These two groups, which are working to preserve coal mining heritage, will give a presentation Saturday at 6:15 p.m.

The park welcomes the opportunity to talk coal mining with the community and understand and respect the work that it takes for a miner now, and years ago, to produce the coal used for electricity.

The show is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5. The show is free and open to the public. Contact Colin Gatland at 936-367-6295 or for more information.


Carter Caves State Resort Park is located at 344 Caveland Drive in Olive Hill. The park has a lodge with a restaurant, cottages and campground. Besides cave tours, activities include hiking, horseback riding, swimming, boating and fishing. For more information about the park, call 1-800-325-0059.

Directions: From Interstate 64, Exit 161, take U.S. 60 east. Go approximately two miles and turn left on KY 182 north. The park entrance is three miles from the left turn onto KY 182 north.




The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at