The history of Seneca caverns is long, you could say it started over 460 million years ago. That's when the limestone bed where the Caverns formed was laid under an inland sea. Limestone is formed from the remains of shells from clams, coral and other shellfish, which settle on the bottom of the sea over time.
The first verifiable history of human contact with the cave was in the early 1400's when the Seneca Indians used the cave. The Caverns are located on a great Indian trading route through the Appalachian Mountains. Many tribes used this trading route but it was the Seneca Indians who lived here and used the cave for shelter, storage and special ceremonies. Three hundred years later the first German settlers came to the area. As history goes, a man named Laven Teter rediscovered the cave in 1742 on a quest for water to supply his livestock. At this time the area was not even considered part of the original 13 colonies. The Teter family maintained ownership until 1928. The new owners opened it to the public in 1930 as a show cave.
The Stratosphere Cave is also part of Seneca Caverns. It is the oldest recorded cave in the state. In 1760, a Methodist Bishop named Francis Asbury came to visit his new flock, and The Senecas were so honored they named the cave Asbury Cave. In his journals he writes about Stratosphere cave and also mentions Seneca as another hole in the ground. During the 1960's Civil Defense used the cave for food storage and as a fall out shelter. We currently have an original can of biscuits on display. The name was changed when the cave was opened to the public but then was soon closed as a natural fungus destroyed the stairs and made it too dangerous to use. It was reopened in 2005 and has since been used as adventure style caving.
Great time.good for all ages. Not too long or to short.plenty of stuff to keep everyone entertained.nice restaurant with reasonable prices and good food on sight.
I loved it! They were actually really accommodating and the guide (I don't remember his name, young blonde kid) was really good, helpful and informative. It seemed like the tour didn't last long, and although it's something that now that I've done it I don't feel a need to do it again, I'm definitely glad I went.
Seneca Caverns is a karst show cave in Germany Valley near Riverton, West Virginia, USA. It was used for ceremonies of Seneca Indians, an Iroquois confederacy tribe and has been commercially used since 1930. The largest room inside the cave is the Teter Hall, which is 60 feet tall by 60 feet wide in some areas.
Such a friendly accommodating staff. Excellent guided tour with very small groups. Josh our guide was very friendly fun and knowledgeable. Restaurant was very nice also. Comfortable and very tasty meals. My extra scrutinizing 18 y/o son swears it was the best cheeseburger that he had ever eaten and he knows his burgers. Make sure you call before you travel as they are not typically open Monday and Tuesday which is quite common in the area and the Canaan Valley/Blackwater Falls private specialty stores and restaurants.
Cool little Halloween tour. Wish it were longer though
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