FIRST OFFICE BUILDING
It was 1928 when a curious and adventurous young couple made
their first visit to the cave. Harold A. "Hubby" Wertz, Sr. and his
wife, Lenore, lived in nearby Tyrone and were avid spelunkers. After making
their discovery, Hubby and Lenore began acquiring the land and mineral rights,
hoping to develop the cavern and open it to the public. As work began many
surprises awaited them including the discovery of several new passageways and
rooms, unearthed arrowheads, artifacts, as well as skeletal remains. What was
to be a destination cave for families quickly grew into something much, much
larger. Today Indian Cavern represents a historic landmark that offers a unique
glimpse into natural, geological and Native American history that few other
attractions in Pennsylvania can offer.
As seen in the map above, Indian Caverns (denoted by the arrowhead) is located along the Native American Frankstown Path. This well traveled trail connected two of the major east-west trails - The Great Shamokin Path and Forbes Road. Numerous artifacts were found during cavern development and soot from campfires can still be seen on some cavern walls and ceilings.