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Luray Caverns and Museums in Luray, VA

The Luray Caverns was discovered in the 1800s in Luray, VA.  This place was the biggest plan we had on our vacation because it not only has the incredible caverns, but also a Car museum, toy museum, gem mining and historical museum, and a garden maze.  We made sure to explore all of those things.  They are in the same area in a row.  I feel like we spent several hours there but we had such a fun time!

First off, the cavern was a bit pricey, but worth the money.  We took the hour long tour there as the history of the place was explained, the various names for each type of cavern and time frame of their ages, and even an organ was down there from a guy who was able to configure how to make music come out of the caverns.  It was really cool while slightly creepy too, but fun.  The way that the water looked invisible and the reflection was showing through it to make it look like there were more caverns messed with your brain too.  Anyway, it was a great time.  This was Micah’s favorite place on the trip because it reminded him of Minecraft and he felt like Steve, the main character of the game.

The toy museum was small and not that fun, but it was cute to see some old toys we remembered or that were even older than us.  In the middle, there was a toy train track with a Thomas and Percy riding around too.

We went to the garden maze and now I am sorry that I took no photos inside it, but it was really interactive with objectives, mists, and was so large that we were in there for about forty-five minutes.  Leto really loved it especially.

The car museum really showed the boys the various types of vehicles from the 1800s through the 1940s.  Each vehicle had a description about its history.  It is neat to learn how far we have come in terms of transportation in really a short period of time considering how long horses and carriages were used for.

The last place we went to was the historical museum.  There was Native American history, Civil War history, and my favorite part: an old school house in which former slaves were given an education at.  Right next to the school was a Mennonite and Brethren (Quaker) meeting house (church).  It is important to know that these people stood against slavery and were the ones who probably taught the school and helped the children that were looked down upon because of their former status and skin color.  There was a house as well there. The boys also were able to pan for fossils and gems outside of the museum.
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