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Mccreary County Heritage Foundation Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, History Museums

Mission: To preserve the heritage of mccreary county, kentucky and to provide educational and recreational benefits to the citizens and visitors of mccreary county.

Programs: The foundation operates the big south fork scenic railway. The train travels down into the big south fork river valley away from civilization, along roaring mountain streams, through a tunnel and along steep cliff sides. It finally enters the big south fork national river and recreation area just below barthell, the oldest coal camp on the railroad which traces its beginnings back to 1902. The train makes a stopover at blue heron which is the site of a mine, tipple and surrounding camp houses which were abandoned in 1962. There the visitors can take a self-guided tour.

the foundation also manages the stearns historical district which houses various retail stores and restaurants. This complex of buildings, ranging from 50 to 90 years old, have survived nearly intact. It also houses the bsfsr depot which was built in 1902.

the foundation also manages a museum which is located in the historic downtown district of stearns, ky. It is housed in the old stearns coal and lumber company corporate headquarters that was built in 1907.

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