This past month my family and I were on vacation in Eastern Tennessee. One of our activities was to visit the Cumberland Caverns. I've given you a link to the website so you can follow up with more information.
This history of this cavern dates back to 1810 when they were discovered by Aaron Higgenbotham. Of course, they were probably known before then by native Americans. Inside the cave it was a cool 56 degrees with temps as low as 50, which was wonderful when it was in the high 90's outside.
The cave was mined for it's nitrates during the civil war and donated to the Southern cause.
Here's a pic of the opening of the caves as our family waited to go in: We're not all there but 13 of us went through the Cumberland Caves.
Here's a picture of some of the interesting rock formations inside the cave. You can see the Gypsum in the rock formation here.
Here's one of the pools inside the cave. Note this picture was taken by my granddaughter.
•Originally known as Higgenbotham Cave, after Aaron Higgenbotham discovered it in 1810.
•Trail of Tears goes around the Cumberland Cave and can be walked today.
•The Cumberland Caverns is what you would call a dry cave.
•I also learned that when a stalagmite and stalactites connect they are now called a column.
•There are 7 miles of passages within the cave, we experienced only 2.
•You can camp overnight. One school group visited the caves years ago back in the 70's and spent ten days in there. I asked what time of year was it? July was the answer. And I answered that explains why they stayed so long with temps that remain 56 degrees.
Now the tour we took was easy without any gear and reached by most. Unfortunately there was a series of stairs that prevented me from seeing one section of the cave. But it did give Paul and I a moment to experience the darkness of the cave as the timed lights went off. It wasn't completely dark as there were some lights that stayed on in the distance. However, our children and grandchildren experienced placing their hands up to their faces and not being able to see them when they turned the lights off in the section I couldn't climb to.
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