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Kingdom Come State Park

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Kingdom Come State Park, with an elevation of 2,700 feet, is the crowning jewel in the crest of Pine Mountain. Named after the popular Civil War novel, “The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come,” by Kentucky author John Fox Jr., the park preserves 1,283 acres of unspoiled wilderness. Some of the most extraordinary rock formations in the state are featured at this park, including Log Rock, a natural sandstone bridge, and Raven Rock, a giant rock exposure that soars 290 feet into the air at a 45-degree angle!


Features

• 4 mountain top overlooks that give visitors stunning vistas of Black Mountain and the Cumberland Plateau.

• Access to the 38-mile Little Shepherd Trail
 that spines along the top of the mountain from Harlan to Whitesburg.

• 14 hiking trails that explore massive rock formations and fragle mountain ecosystems.

• 2 Large picnic shelters, with grills and restrooms, can be reserved for your special occasions.

• Primitive camping available year-round.

• Cave Amphitheater, with lighting and seating, for groups needing a natural setting for meetings.

• 3.5 acre fishing lake, pedal boats, miniature golf, large recreation areas, and a gift shop.



View from Raven Rock

Hours of Operation
Park is Open All Year
Gift Shop and surrounding actities are open
April – October
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

KINGDOM COME STATE PARK
Box M
Cumberland, KY
40823-0420

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Call for shelter & camping reservations
606 . 589 . 2479


For more information

Contact Tourism Host



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DESTINATION: Visit Cumberland
MAP:  Tour the clickable 3D Park Map
MAP: Tour the Pine Mountain Rustic Adventure Route
MAP:  Visit other parks along Pine Mountain
VIDEO:   Watch Park Overview narrated by Park Manager
Large Video (8 m) or Small Video (500 k)
VIEW: Read a passage from “The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come” that describes a sunrise viewed from Pine Mountain’s summit
VIEW:  Visit official state park website
VIEW: Click the left icon to see what our symbols represent.

 

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Things to keep in Mind while Traveling in Different Countries

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Things to keep in Mind while Traveling in Different Countries

Traveling sounds quite exciting and it is – unless you don’t screw it up in the middle. If you are a first time traveler, you must know that there are rules – rules that you should not be following while traveling different places in the same country – different places around the world and many more.
There are plenty of things bizarre in this world. Just like all the fingers on your hand isn’t equal, the same way not every country and every countryman follow the same rules or cultures and behaviors or beliefs like you do. There are a lot of differences and this is why you should be following or you should be keeping a few things in mind while traveling in different countries all around the world –
• Traveling in London? Well, always make sure you stand on your right while you are on the escalator. This is actually a way to tell others or the people who are in a hurry that there are spaces to walk up in case if they want to.
• Never ever try to be too friendly with Swedish and Finnish people. Trying to be quite imposing with them can be very awkward for them. They love their space so always try to keep the small talk formal.
• French is an amazing language and the French people aren’t very fond of speaking in English easily. So if you are trying to start a conversation with them, try to start with French – if you are awful, (read you probably are) they will automatically switch to English.
• China is an amazing place to visit and who can say no to Chinese food? Well, if you are a Chinese lover and you have emptied your plate, that means you are still hungry and you need more food. Don’t want to be over fed? Then waste a little by keeping leftovers on your plate.
• Never refuse a drink from your Danish friend. This means you don’t like him and you are being cold towards him. You don’t want to do that – do you?
The world is indeed a bizarre place and the cultures are even weirder. But as they say – you have to respect the culture of the country you are visiting!

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The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum

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The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum brings back to life one of the most unique and interesting aspects of early coal mining – the company store.

Housed in the old commissary built by International Harvester in the 1920s, the museum features four stories of exhibits on the history of mining and the life of the coal miner.

Visitors can enjoy a step back in time to the coal miner’s workplace, his home and his community.

Artifacts, antiques, photographs, and machinery make up the more than 30 exhibits.


Neigboring Lynch, Kentucky, offers a companion museum complex with the Portal #31 Underground Mine Tour and Lamphouse Museum.

Slated to open in early 2003, the Portal #31 Underground Mine Tour will offer visitors the unique experience of touring an actual coal mine by rail car.

Visitors will adorn the traditional protective gear of the coal miner as they enjoy animated exhibits along the tour.

Outside Portal #31 stands a black granite monument in tribute to long-time president of the United Mine Workers John L. Lewis and a memorial to U.S. Steel District #1 miners who died in mining accidents.

The site also features a 1920s lamphouse, bathhouse, L&N train depot and loadout system.


Benham Commissary in 1919

Hours of Operation


Located in central Benham opposite the Inn

Monday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Admission


$5.00 – Adults
$4.00 – Senior Citizens
$2.50 – Children/Students

After hours and group tours
are available by reservation
Call 606-848-1530

For more information
museum@kingdomcome.org

MEDIA RESOURCES

DESTINATION: Visit Benham
MAP: Tour Coal Camp Structures in the Benham-Lynch Historic Corridor
MAP: 3D Perspective of Benham Town
MAP: Tour a Coal Heritage Trail in Central Appalachia
VIDEO: Take a tour of the Mining Museum 
Large Video (8 m) or Small Video (500 k)
VIDEO: The Park & Mine Portal from the 1950’s
Large Video (2 m) or Small Video (90 k)
DOWNLOAD A PDF
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The Benham School House Inn

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The Benham School House Inn
The mission of the management and staff is to provide their guests with an experience that reflects the spirit and hospitality of the people of Appalachia. That is why we strive to not only meet visitors’ needs but to always exceed their expectations.


Features

“The Great Room” once served as the school’s gymnasium but is now a beautiful banquet hall seating up to 350 guests.
•Conference Rooms available for seminars and executive meetings
•30 guest rooms, many equipped with gas fireplaces
•Honeymoon Suite complete with hot tub
•The Apple Room Restaurant features fine mountain dining in an intimate setting. Its menu includes daily regional favorites
•Tennis courts and children’s playground conveniently located
•Organized tours offered to nearby state parks, highest point in Kentucky, Bad Branch Falls and other historic and recreational attractions
•Tour buses welcome 

 


History

The Inn was built in 1926 by Wisconsin Steel Corporation (later known as International Harvester) as a high school and elementary school for coal camp children. At that time, the school was considered very progressive with amenities that were unheard of in mountain schools. For example, the coal company supplemented salaries in order to attract the best possible teachers. The last high school class graduated in 1961, but the building continued to be used as an elementary school until 1992. A year later, work began to transform the historical building into a country inn and restaurant. Today, the Inn is considered one of the premier tourist stops in the region. Although elegant and comfortable, the Inn has stayed true to its schoolhouse roots. The lockers–painted dark green–still exist. The room numbers each stand for a graduating class. Some of the rooms have the same wood floors where students once learned their ABCs.


Apple Room Restaurant

Hours of Operation
Inn open 24-hours daily

Apple Room Summer Hours
Monday & Tuesday Closed
Wednesday
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Thursday & Friday
Lunch 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
& Dinner 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm to 9:00 pm 
Sunday
Buffet from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

 


Banquet Room Contract

Call for information & reservations
1 . 800 . 231 . 0627

Benham School House Inn
100 Central Avenue
Benham, KY 40807
Business Phone: 606 . 848 . 3000

Room Rates*

• Single $65.00
• Double $70.00
• Suite single $75.00
• Suite double $80.00
• Honeymoon Suite $89.00

AAA or AARP members get discounts on single or double rooms.

*These prices do not include tax and surcharge



For more information

Contact Tourism Host



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DESTINATION: Visit Benham
MAP:  Tour the Benham-Lynch Historic Corridor
 VIEW: Download a descriptive PDF
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One of the many regional favorites…

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Portal No. 31 Underground Mine Tour

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Portal No. 31 Underground Mine Tour,. slated to open in 2005, will offer visitors the unique experience of touring an actual coal mine by rail car. Visitors will adorn the traditional protective gear of the coal miner as they enjoy animated exhibits along the tour. Outside Portal #31 stands a black granite monument in tribute to long time president of the United Mine Workers John L. Lewis and a memorial to U.S. Steel District #1 miners who died in mining accidents. The site also features a 1920s lamphouse, bathhouse, L&N train depot and loadout system.
Portal 31 RV Park is located directly across from the Portal. With 12 hookups and 8 primitive parking spaces, the park adds another option for local accommodations. The park offers a sewer dump station for tour buses and RV vehicles.


John L. Lewis Memorial

Hours of Operation
RV Park is ppen all year

Lamphouse Museum
Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Call for information & reservations
606 . 848 . 1530


For more information

Contact Tourism Host



MEDIA SOURCES

DESTINATION: Visit Lynch
MAP:  Tour the Cumberland-Benham-Lynch Historic Corridor
MAP: View historic structures in Benham and Lynch
MAP: Tour other coal related museums in the region
VIDEO:   Watch Robert Lundsford give tour of Lynch
DESTINATION: Visit the Lamphouse Museum
VIEW: Visit portal31.org for status on mine tours
VIEW: Click the left icon to see what our symbols represent.

Important Phone Numbers

For Reservations at the Inn, call 1-800-231-0627
For Information about local destinations and events, call the Cumberland Tourist & Convention Commission, 1-606-589-5812
For the Kingdom Come State Park, call 1-606-589-2479
For the Kentucky Coal Museum, call 1-606-848-1530

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