In Search of Kentucky: Horse Cave

By: Heath Myrick
By: Heath Myrick

Many of us travel all over the world looking for exotic and unique place to visit, however, each year thousands of people travel from all over the world to visit us. All week long we're going "In Search of Kentucky," exploring the communities that embody what the Bluegrass has to offer and those destinations you can visit for yourself.

Exit 58 off of I-65 holds what some may call a hidden treasure. The heart of downtown Horse Cave is home to the Hidden River Cave and the American Cave Museum. Before exploring the cave, visitors are educated about the formation of caves through interactive demonstrations and the role humans play in this delicate karst region.

In addition to nature's beauty, this small town also offers a hint of culture. Now in it's 26th season, Horse Cave Theatre has thrilled audiences with its award-winning ensemble of writers and actors.

Sitting between the two attractions is the home of the man who started it all, Dr. Thomas. The city is in the process of restoring the structure. They plan to convert the house into a meeting place and a building able to host social events.

Horse Cave is also in the process of restoring the old Owens Hotel. In the early 1900's the hotel was a vital part of the community, now residents are hoping it will be once again. Plans call for a 28-room hotel, 3,000 square foot restaurant and meeting room big enough to accommodate 300 people.

Between the shops, history and culture, Horse Cave is one community offering the best of all worlds, and it's right here in South-Central Kentucky.

Hidden River Cave and the American Cave Museum
(270) 786-1466

Horse Cave Theatre
(270) 786-2177

WBKO 2727 Russellville Road Bowling Green, KY 42101-3976 Phone: 270-781-1313 After Hours Hotline: 270-781-6397 Fax: 270-781-1814
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