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Labor Day Weekend planned at No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum

Published August 29. 2012 05:02PM

The No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum in Lansford will be celebrating Labor Day Weekend with a variety of fun and educational activities each day. The main day will be Sunday September 2 in conjunction with the Old Time Miners Picnic beginning at 11 a.m.. The event is open to the public and all are welcome. The Old Fashioned Miners Picnic features a variety of great homemade ethnic foods and desserts that the coal region is famous for. Everyone is invited to enjoy the fun and great foods. Seating will be available in the picnic pavilion. Take outs are also available. Music will be provided for the picnic by DJ Shawn and family.

In addition to the picnic on Sunday, each day of the long weekend will feature Civil War re-enactors who have setup an encampment on the No. 9 Mine grounds. This is part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Come out and learn more about what life was like for soldiers during the battle, see what a typical camp looked like, what kind of dress they wore, and the struggles they faced. The encampment will include firing demonstrations with their weapons and cooking demonstrations. Flag history and etiquette will also be presented.

Each day, visitors can also tour the historic No. 9 Coal Mine which opened in 1855 and experience what it was like to work underground in a coal mine. Visitors will ride the train 1600 feet into the mine and then begin a fascinating walking tour to see many of the unique features of this mine including the elevator shaft, the go-devil machine, the muleways, second escapeway, the mine hospital, the cave in site, and fossils. Back on the surface, visitors can browse the vast exhibits featured inside the No. 9 Mining Museum, one of the largest in the region. The No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum is located at 9 Dock Street in Lansford, PA, only 15 minutes from Jim Thorpe or Tamaqua off of Route 209. There is plenty of free parking and free admission to the grounds. Mine tour tickets can be purchased in the gift shop upon arrival. For further information, call the museum at (570) 645-7074.

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