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Midlothian in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mid-Lothian Mines and Rail Roads

 
 
Mid-Lothian Mines and Rail Roads Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 5, 2010
1. Mid-Lothian Mines and Rail Roads Marker
Inscription. The Mid-Lothian African Church

Near the Grove Shaft, 54 free blacks, slaves and six white males at the Mid-Lothian Coal Mining Company started the Mid-Lothian African Church on February 8, 1846. Assisted by the company the 60 member congregation built a log meetinghouse at the pits. Many slaves were rented yearly by the company. The Reverend Jordan Martin, pastor of nearby Tomahawk Baptist Church, became their first pastor. The Mid-Lothian Coal Mining Company contributed one percent of the money received from the sale of hard coal toward the expenses of the church. Later, the congregation moved to its Winterfield tract and today is the thriving First Baptist Church of Midlothian.

The Grove Shaft Ruins

A final effort in the 1920s by the Murphy Coal Corporation to pump out and reopen the Grove Shaft proved unprofitable and led to its close. The stone structure, once the company’s main building, housed workings such as ventilating fans, steam boilers, pumps and hoisting equipment. Today the two-story granite ruins of the Grove Shaft stand as the sole architectural remnant of a once dominating local enterprise connected to coal mining in the Richmond Coal Basin. They serve as a reminder of the Mid-Lothian Coal Mining Company and of other area collieries that once supported a flourishing local
Grove Shaft, Murphy Coal Corp. image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Diane Reams, 1911
2. Grove Shaft, Murphy Coal Corp.
industry, North America’s first commercial coal mining venture.
 
Erected 2009 by Chesterfield Heritage Alliance, Chesterfield County Parks & Recreation.
 
Location. 37° 29.416′ N, 77° 38.602′ W. Marker is in Midlothian, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker can be reached from North Woolridge Road 0.3 miles south of Walton Park Road. Touch for map. This marker is located along the multi-use trail in the Mid-Lothian Mines Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13301 North Woolridge Road, Midlothian VA 23114, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Mid-Lothian Mines and Rail Roads (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Mid-Lothian Mines and Rail Roads (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Mid-Lothian Mines and Rail Roads (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Mid-Lothian Mines and Rail Roads (approx. 0.3 miles away); Midlothian Coal Mines (approx. 0.9 miles away); Salisbury (approx. 0.9 miles away); Union Raid On Coalfield Station (approx. 0.9 miles away); Winfree Memorial Baptist Church (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Midlothian.
 
More about this marker.
"Mid-Lothian Mines Park Opening image. Click for full size.
2004
3. "Mid-Lothian Mines Park Opening
On the upper right is a photo of "Grove Shaft 1911, Murphy Coal Corp. Photograph courtesty of Diane Reams."

On the lower right is a photo of the "Mid-Lothian Mines Park opening 2004."
 
Also see . . .
1. Mid-Lothian Mines & Rail Roads Foundation. (Submitted on June 6, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Mid-Lothian Mines and Rail. Chesterfield Heritage Alliance, Virginia (Submitted on June 6, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
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Mid-Lothian Mines Park Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 5, 2010
4. Mid-Lothian Mines Park Trail
Mid-Lothian Mines Park Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 5, 2010
5. Mid-Lothian Mines Park Trail
Grove Shaft Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 5, 2010
6. Grove Shaft Ruins
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 665 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 6, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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