The foundation was formed several years ago as a means of protecting the historic significance of the unique mining town. Each year, the Mineral Historic Foundation hosts various programs highlighting an aspect of the town’s history or forefathers.
A museum and foundation headquarters have been established in the former Mineral Baptist Church facility, located on Louisa Ave. in the town. The museum spotlights the town’s mining history and showcases a gallery of artifacts collected or donated by residents, former residents and other interested persons.
The museum is open when the foundation is hosting a program and on weekends when there is an activity occurring in the town.
The town of Mineral is also an affiliate in the Virginia Main Street Program, an initiatve of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. This program is a comprehensive, incremental approach to revitalization built around a community’s unique heritage and attributes. Using local resources and initiatives, Main Street helps communities develop their own strategies to stimulate long term economic growth and pride in the traditional community center — downtown.
The Mineral Business Association has cultivated a weekly farmers’ market that draws dozens of vendors and hundreds of visitors every Saturday morning from early spring to late fall. The market is located on the grassy patch across from Luck Field on Louisa Ave. The Mineral Farmers’ Market is open on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and features fresh produce, cooked foods, baked goods and crafts. Visit www.mineralmarket.org for more information.