SEQUOYAH CAVERNS AND ELLIS HOMESTEAD
Sequoyah Caverns and Ellis Homestead have exciting adventures for everyone to enjoy daily, without a reservation…
Sequoyah Caverns and Ellis Homestead are Currently Closed
For 49 years, families and school groups have gazed in wonder at the reflecting pools and awe-inspiring rock formations of Sequoyah Caverns down the mountain from Mountain Laurel Inn B&B. Owner John Jones says he will close Sequoyah Caverns to the public on September 3, 2013 as he retires. This summer is the last chance to see the beautiful “looking glass lakes” of Sequoyah Caverns and the Cypress Gardens. The caves have been in the family since before the Civil War and have been a main attraction in DeKalb County Alabama. Plan your trip Monday through Saturday soon so you can see the natural beauty of Sequoyah Caverns and learn a lot about Lookout Mountain Alabama John and Roy Jones.
CAVERNS – Explore the fascinating and enchanting Sequoyah Caverns. Guided tours are held daily, on the hour. Along the well lighted paths you will see reflection pools and towering stalagmites. Experience the “Fat Lady Squeeze”, and see what is believed to be General Sam Houston’s signature. The tour is half of a mile long and takes approximately 45 minutes.
MORGAN CRAFT CABIN – There’s no telling what kind of craftsperson you may meet at the crafts cabin, but whomever you meet, you’re sure to be delighted as they show traditional pioneer crafts using all natural materials.
GEM MINE – You can mine for beautiful, multicolored stones just like the settlers did years ago. You and your kids are going to love panning through cool mountain water as it flows down our hand-made wooden trough.
LOOKOUT POINT – Try the invigorating and easy mile and a half hike up to Lookout Mountain, Alabama and the valley below. Make sure you bring your camera!
FARM ANIMAL CORRAL -keeping true to our pioneer roots, Sequoyah maintains a number of farm animals such as oxen, sheep, goats, and horses. Children love seeing our animals graze, and during special pioneer events, many of these animals are used to demonstrate farming techniques.
FISHING POND – Our one acre pond is well stocked with bass, catfish, and pan fish. If you have a rod and reel, you’re free to wet your hook and see what’s biting!
DUCK POND – Near the fishing pond are some of our fine feathered friends, the ducks and geese. Duck food is available at the pond for those who wish to feed these quackers.
GROUP ADVENTURES at SEQUOYAH CAVERNS:
Sequoyah Caverns and Ellis Homestead are two of the most popular group destinations in the region for church organizations, school field trips, Scout outings, reunions, and company picnics. Our Wild Cave Adventure is designed just for groups, providing an exciting and intense excursion into parts of the cave that only a few get to see. We can also create a custom group event lead by our experienced guides. Please call to reserve your group adventure in advance.
SPECIAL EVENTS TO SEE AT SEQUOYAH CAVERNS
BATTLE FOR MISSIONARY RIDGE— More than 700 authentically clad Union and Confederate soldiers clash in this Civil War reenactment on the first weekend in November. A special day for school groups is on Friday followed by public days on Saturday and Sunday for a small admission. The thundering Calvary, booming cannons, and rattling muskets ring through the mountains during daily battles. Before and after the clashes, browse vendor offerings, enjoy concessions, and wander through soldier camps.
ELLIS HOMESTEAD DAYS – See rare tractors, engines, and machinery of all types sputter to life during this free, down home Americana event on the first weekend in May. Throughout the day, toe tapping bluegrass music takes the stage at our Special Events area and dozens of vendors demonstrate traditional American skills and pioneer farming techniques using all handmade items. A variety of arts, crafts and concessions are for sale.
FOUTH OF JULY BLAST – It’s great bluegrass music, tasty concessions, and sparkling fireworks at this free festival. Music starts at 7p.m. with the best in local talent. When the stars come out, at night, spectacular fireworks light up the sky.
A CHRISTMAS STORY – The miracle birth of Christ is showcased inside the Caverns beautiful “Ballroom” with dozens of actors, live animals, and a Choir of Angels. Four performances are held each evening on December 21st through December 24th. Admission is free and performances last approximately 30 minutes.
SEQUOYAH CAVERNS AND ELLIS HOMESTEAD…WELCOMING VISITORS FOR MORE THAN 165 YEARS
James Ellis moved his family to Valley Head, Alabama from Tennessee back in 1841. He and his family built a log cabin and later a frame house where the campground is today. The cabin was later moved and used for another home on the farm.
In the pioneer days of the eighteen eighties, the Ellis Family had to work hard to cut farmland out of a wilderness. Their hard work allowed the family to eventually accumulate hundreds of acres of land, including what is today Sequoyah Caverns.
During the Civil War, the Ellis family was divided, just like the nation itself. James, a Second Lieutenant in the Union army, died from a camp disease in 1863. He is buried at the Chickamauga Battlefield. Four of his sons also served in the war. Three fought for the Union and one fought for the Confederacy. Only two of his sons survived the war. Mrs. Ellis had one son at home, Abner, who was too young to fight. After the war, times were hard, but the farm began to prosper again. By the turn of the Twentieth Century the Ellis family was relatively well off. They were growing corn, cotton, wheat, and oats. They were also making sorghum, and raising sheep and cattle. Today, the direct descendents of James Ellis live here to welcome visitors from all over the world who come to explore the Ellis Homestead and see Sequoyah Caverns.
VISIT SEQUOYAH CAVERNS
Sequoyah Caverns is an easy 10-15 minute drive from Mountain Laurel Inn B&B in Mentone. Lickety-Split particularly enjoys their definition of country surfing: