Friday, October 7, 2016

The Great Saltpetre Cave

The Great Saltpetre Cave in Rockcastle County, KY
is a place I have known all my life.  
Both my parents were born and raised in Rockcastle County.
The first family member in my mother's family settled on land very near the cave in 1795.
The family owned the "home place" until my grandmother sold it late in life.
The cave and property surrounding it, Great Saltpetre Preserve,
is currently owned by the Rockcastle Karst Conservancy (RKC).
This event was a fund raiser, "Dinner in the Mountain" with dinner and entertainment
inside the "Echo Auditorium of the Great Saltpetre Cave"
Melissa was only about three years old when we had a family reunion at the cave.

The RKC has made a lot of improvements to the cave including lighting,
cleaning out the main pathway, and an educational display
explaining that the cave was a significant source
of saltpeter for gunpowder during the War of 1812, and that in the 1930's
the Echo Chamber was used for a radio broadcast of live music for Renfro Valley.

This was Kaitlyn and Peyton's first visit to the cave.
After dinner entertainment was by the Johnson Sisters and the Penny Loafers.
In the photo below, they combined for the final two songs of the evening. 
This is not a good photo, because a light was shining brightly on us,
but, in addition to our family, Mary and Lana joined us for this special event.
Making memories with the family! 

5 comments:

Miss Merry said...

How wonderful you are able to enjoy this lovely place! We visit Renfro Valley often.

Joy said...

What a great place for this event! Glad you could enjoy it with your family.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

What a nice time for you and your family! Making lots of sweet memories! I am enjoying the tea you sent me, on the second cup today! :)
Hugs, Nancy

Annesphamily said...

Anytime with phamily is a good time. Those are memories you will keep close to your heart forever. I love everything to do with tea so I have looking at all the tea blogs I can! I hope your weekend is beautiful. Joyful Blessings, Anne

Marilyn Miller said...

I had no idea there was something like this where you live. How fun to have family history connected to this special place.

 

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