AFLEX, Ky. — Nestled among the mountains of eastern Kentucky along the Tug Fork River bordering West Virginia, Aflex, Kentucky, was established for the families of the coal miners who came from many different states and countries to work for the Leckie Collieries Coal Company. 

It was once a self-reliant village with its own grocery store, post office, barber shop, gas station, boarding house, entertainment center with nationally known bands and singers famous during that era, a YMCA with a movie theater, church/union hall/community building, school and a ball field at the other end of the camp.

Neighbors were more like family than someone who just lived next door, and that is why former and current residents love coming together on the second Saturday of each October to go back down memory lane once again — sharing thoughts of days gone by and remembering long-gone family and friends.

The ninth annual Aflex Reunion will be from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Aflex Baptist Church on State Route 292.

The reunion began as a way for current and former residents to spend some time together reminiscing about a way of life they once knew while residing and growing up in this small coal camp community.

The Aflex Baptist Church is located on the left side of the highway as you enter the community of Aflex.

There is plenty of parking, and everyone is asked to bring a dish of food and nonalcoholic beverages. Attendees are asked to bring any old photos or memorabilia they would like to show or share, or any items you would like to donate to the history of Aflex being established.

For more information, call Denise Reed Chapman at 606-353-4023.

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Jarrid McCormick is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. He can be reached by email at