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The Coal Heritage Foundation was founded in June of 1999 in Madison, West Virginia. It was organized together by the Bituminous Coal Heritage Foundation Inc., and the Boone County Development Authority. The reason for the foundation to organize such museum is because of the growth of annual West Virginia Coal Festival. Moreover, there are several historical attractions in and around Madison County that attracts tourists yearly, thus this prompted the purchase of a building to be become a visitor center and a museum.

The building that was purchased is an old building constructed in 1924. It houses the Old Madison Post Office and it also has a great deal of historical significance. Moreover, an adjacent building was donated by the family of the late Tommy Ellis, a known Madison businessman.

This museum was exhibits the culture, heritage and history of coal in Madison. Boone County has had a long history with coal as this was the area where it was first discovered in 1742. For several decades, the coal industry was the boosted the economy of Boone County.
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