History@Snead Students Study Historical Aspects of Cathedral Caverns


Students with the History@Snead organization at Snead State Community College recently studied local history with a visit to Cathedral Caverns.

Originally called Bat Cave, Cathedral Caverns was opened to the public by Jacob Gurley in the 1950s. The cave was renamed because of its cathedral-like appearance. Purchased by the state in 1987, it opened as a State Park in the summer 2000.

The caverns have housed Native Americans, Civil War miners, and those escaping conscription during the Civil War.

“The students enjoyed a full tour of the caves and saw fossils, shark teeth, an underground river and bats,” said History Instructor Grover Kitchens, sponsor for the History@Snead organization.

The purpose of the student organization is to reflect history in a variety of locations and ways for Snead State students.

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