The Southeastern Kentucky coal fields are undergoing substantial change from a traditional extractive economy to one concentrated on recreation and tourism. Hilferty is providing insightful planning and design services to three communities in Harlan County. Visitors don hard hats and zoom off on an unforgettable underground adventure. Through the magic of “object theaters,” they visit mine heads from varying eras, including one powered by mules. Their experience culminates in a powerful theatrical mining scene.