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Discovery Day

Event Info
  • Event Over
  • Date: Aug 17
  • Time: All Day
  • Location: Luray Caverns

By the Light of a Candle

141 years ago, in August of 1878, Luray Caverns was first discovered.

The New York Herald reported a “thousand candles illuminated the antechambers making it nearly as bright as day.” Sounds magical, doesn’t it? You won’t need a time machine to experience the enchantment.

Candles illuminate the caverns.

Join our annual Discovery Day celebration and take a special Grand Illumination Tour, where guides dressed in period costumes lead you through candlelit sections of the caverns and tell about the discovery of this wondrous landmark here in Luray, Virginia. Amidst the magic of the caverns, you may be surprised at what you yourself will discover. Fireworks will cap off the day at dusk.