Blue Heron Decoration Day

Miners pose in front of coal tipple at Blue Heron

The National Park Service will host the sixth Annual Blue Heron Decoration Day event at the Blue Heron Interpretive Center on Saturday, May 16, 2020, from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (ET).

This is an opportunity for park visitors and families that once lived and worked in the Stearns Coal Mining Communities to join together for an afternoon of food, music, fellowship and remembrance. Help us preserve and share the rich history of the coal mining community with visitors while preserving the memories and stories made at Mine-18.

There will be park ranger guided programs throughout the day as well as live music, demonstrations, kids activities and food.

10:30-11:30 Reading Ranger - Bring the kids for a special storytime and craft about Decoration Day.
All Day Share Your Story - We will collect stories and scan historc photographs all day.
12:30-4:00 Rails-to-Trails hike - Join us for a 3.7 mile aventure to Dick Gap overlook.
All Day Music & Demonstations
12:15 & 3:30 "Generations" - We will show the Big South Fork film "Generations".
All Day Jr Ranger activities

Participants are encouraged to bring their own picnic lunch or food and drink can be purchased from the Blue Heron Concession stand.

Decoration Day is free of charge and wheelchair accessible. Everyone is welcome. This program is accessible by car or by the Big South Fork Scenic Railway.

For directions or additional information, please call the Blue Heron Interpretive Center at (606) 376-3787. For tickets on the Big South Fork Scenic Railway, please call (606) 376-5330.

If you are interested in volunteering or are interested in performing during the event, call the Blue Heron Interpretive Center at

Last updated: January 2, 2020

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