Digging Deep into Coal



Local historian Rob Dishon leads this unique view of the coal mining region of southern Perry County. Visit several boomtowns and hear about the pre-history, boom-history, and post-boom period. The tour will begin in Shawnee and travel north to McCuneville, a town that has become a small collection of trailers and older homes, then travel to the ruins of St. Peter’s Church. Those wishing to view the actual ruins will need to be able to walk up a small hill to reach the church yard. The next stop will be Shawnee, one of the largest towns in the area during the boom period.

Following lunch the group will head through the eastern edge of the Hocking Valley Mining region and the sites of several towns where there is now no trace of their existence. The tour then passes into the Sunday Creek Valley where the mines were opened several years after those in the Hocking Valley and constituted a whole other boom in that region. Members of the Corning Museum will meet with the group and tell the story of Corning, Rendville, and San Toy, with time permitting, and a visit to Rendville.

Register/Info: Robdishon@gmail.com or (917) 453-7203
Cost: $45/per person or $80/couple
Location: Tecumseh Commons, 116 W., Main Street, Shawnee, OH 43782

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