Veterans Weekend brings Roots in the Cave and free tours

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Date: October 25, 2013
Contact: Vickie Carson, 270-758-2192

(MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky.– October 25, 2013) Roots in the Cave, November 8-9, and Veterans Day Weekend, November 9-11, offer Mammoth Cave enthusiasts special opportunities to enjoy their national park.

On November 8-9, Roots in the Cave, sponsored by the Mammoth Cave Hotel and Mammoth Cave National Park, will focus on the life and discoveries of Leo Hunt. On November 9-11, the park will recognize Veterans Day with free Mammoth Passage cave tours. 

Roots in the Cave is an annual fall event that explores the family histories and heritage of those people who once lived on what is now parkland,” said Superintendent Sarah Craighead. “And on Veterans Day Weekend, we invite people to come out and take a free Mammoth Passage tour.” 

Roots in the Cave November 8-9
Mammoth Cave became a national park in 1941, but before that time this land held 600 farms and 30 communities. Roots in the Cave draws descendants together to share stories and research. 

This year the Hotel has organized a Friday evening panel discussion focused on Leo Hunt, his exploration of New Discovery, and the Hunt family. The genealogy room in the Rotunda Room will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday; participants are encouraged to bring family information to share. On Saturday there is a special four-mile cave trip to Echo River, and an evening presentation and discussion of the history of Mammoth Cave Hotel led by Richard Hobart and Norman Warnell. 

A registration fee of $25 includes the cave tour and admission to the Friday night Panel Discussion on Leo Hunt, led by his son Billy Frank Hunt, with Dr. Stan Sides and Norman Warnell. Admission to the Panel Discussion alone is $5, free with purchase of dinner in the hotel dining room. Five dollars of the registration fee will be refunded to registrants who have dinner in the dining room. The cave tour is limited to 40 participants. Registration will only be accepted beginning Friday at 5:30 at the Rotunda Room. No telephone registration is available for these activities, however, those who wish to go on the special cave Roots in the Cave tour may call ahead to reserve a spot. A special room rate for Roots in the Cave participants is $45 plus tax; call 270-758-2225 for reservations. For Roots in the Cave questions, please call Mary Anne Davis at 270-773-5099. For a personal copy of the agenda, email 

Free Mammoth Passage cave tours November 9-11
On November 9, 10, and 11, the park will offer free guided Mammoth Passage tours. Each tour is limited to 40 people; visitors must pick up their free tickets at the visitor center prior to departure times. Mammoth Passage tours will depart from the visitor center at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:30, and 3:00. 

Mammoth Passage is a ¾-mile, 1¼ hour cave tour, and requires a walk down and up the hill below the visitor center, as well as 68 steps at the Historic Entrance. 

Note: tour requirements regarding white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats: While there are no known harmful effects to humans, WNS is responsible for the deaths of millions of hibernating bats across the eastern United States since its discovery in 2006. WNS has not been found in Mammoth Cave to date, however, park staff are taking precautions to minimize the spread of WNS fungus to or from Mammoth Cave. When going on a Mammoth Cave tour, do not wear clothing or shoes that have been worn in other caves or mines. All participants on cave tours must walk across bio-security mats to clean footwear immediately following the conclusion of their tour.   

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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