Hi and welcome to the forum. You may want to hold off on your trip to Pa for coal. Here is a list of dealers in the South Central region of VA:
Coal suppliers in Central and South VA
265 Chesapeake Ave, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Edwards and Sons
6541 Edwards Ln
Port Republic, VA 24471
City Coal & Crating Company
530 Railroad Avenue
South Boston, VA 24592-3621 map
There is a mennitite farmer in Nathalie (near South Boston) who sells Blaschak. He is cash only. I don't know about nut coal, but he sells rice coal by the pallet. His name is Henry Swartzentruber. His # is 434-454-7418.
County Farm Service,
325 Wausau Place
Culpeper, VA 22701
645 James Madison HWY
Culpepper, VA 22701
Phone: (540) 825-5838
They all sell bagged Anthracite but a couple of the dealers may sell soft coal as well. Many dealers will give you a price break if you buy the entire pallet. Another source you may be interested in pursuing is basement mining. I'm told the older homes in Richmond have tons of unused coal in the basements which if you could locate them are often free for the taking. Several forum members use this technique to acquire all their coal for little or no cost. Craig's list may be a good place to start or contacting chimney sweeps or home remodelers.
Of course using bagged coal is more expensive then bulk so making a trip to PA for bulk coal may still be in your future. Buying bagged coal in PA will not save you any money. I know that seems backwards but it's true. I'm in Springfield and the cost of bagged coal in NEPA is almost the same as it is at the dealer nearest to me so I don't waste my time or gas going to NEPA Find your nearest dealer and get the coal from him; that's what I do. Of course, you could do what a lot of folks do and get delivery of an entire truckload or about 22 tons.
As you are discovering the Forum is an incredible body of knowledge, just ask - someone will have the answer or know where to find it. Good luck, Lisa