During our vacation we went to an interesting attraction called Howe Caverns. Lester Howe found this cavern through his cows. He noticed that on a hot summer day that his dairy herd gravitated to a spot that was not in the shade – and it was not on his property. He discovered that this location was cool and below it was a cavern! This was during the 1800’s so keep in mind that his exploration into the cavern did not have our modern technology. So he bravely tied himself with rope secured at ground level to venture into the cavern of unknown – personally I would never do that. Imagine how dark that cavern was that he was exploring by lantern. The below picture was taken during the tour with a professional camera and the correct lighting. The other pictures we took of each other came out dark!
Howe ended up purchasing this piece of land and with early explorers they would spend the day touring the cavern. Today it is so much easier since it is lighted and walk ways have been created – whereas they did not have any of these luxuries! And an elevator that takes you 156 feet below the earth’s surface! In Howe’s day they had to climb over boulders and make some steep climbs! The below picture is of the early explorers and is courtesy of Howe Caverns. It was the cover of the picture we purchased during the tour.
The below beautiful house was built on top of those incredible caverns!
There is a lot to do in addition to visiting the cavern and it is a great destination for all ages. We went off-season and got a wonderful package with tickets to the cavern, a motel room, and a certificate for a fabulous dinner at The Taste of Europe. I will write about this awesome place in a separate posting. Also we got a pound of free fudge as part of our package. Overall it was a really good deal! You are in the country surrounded by a lot of farms – and the views from the motel are beautiful!
The guided tour is 1 1/4 miles with 137 steps and no restrooms. It is 52 degrees F so you will need a jacket. At the entrance is a short video providing information about how the cavern was found and the adventure you are about to go on!