Luray in Page County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Andrew Campbell, feeling the cool air of newly found natural wonder Luray Caverns, is shown here very shortly after this "discovery of the century" was made. Photo was most likely taken by co-discoverer Benton Stebbins.
August 13th, 1878
Has been designated a
This site possesses exceptional value
as an illustration of the nation’s natural
heritage and contributes to a better
understanding of man's environment
National Park Service
United States Department of the Interior
"In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea."
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Erected by National Park Service United States Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 39.844′ N, 78° 29.035′ W. Marker is in Luray, Virginia, in Page County. Marker can be reached from Cave Hill Road 0.2 miles west of Lee Highway (U.S. 340), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Philip Long (approx. ¼ mile away); White House Ferry (approx. 1.2 miles away); Farm Machinery From The Past (approx. 1.2 miles away); Mt. Carmel Baptist Church (approx. 1.2 miles away); A Slave Auction Block (approx. 1.3 miles away); Massanutten School (approx. 1.3 miles away); Willow Grove Mill (approx. 1.4 miles away); Cavalry Engagement (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Luray.
Also see . . . Luray Caverns In Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. 39 years ago, in August of 1878, Luray Caverns were first discovered. The New York Herald reported a “thousand candles illuminated the antechambers making it nearly as bright as day.” Sounds magical, doesn’t it? You won’t need a time machine to experience the enchantment. Join our annual Discovery Day celebration and take a special Grand Illumination Tour, where guides dressed in period costumes lead you through candlelit sections of the caverns and tell about the discovery of this wondrous landmark here in Luray, Virginia. Amidst the magic of the caverns, you may be surprised at (Submitted on August 2, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 2, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 76 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 2, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.