White Gravel Mines opens The Christmas Cave to share the real meaning of Christmas

Kerry Clines

December 1, 2017

White Gravel Mines

On November 24, 2017, White Gravel Mines in Minford, Ohio, opened The Christmas Cave, a self-guided light show that highlights the story of Christmas and the birth of Christ, the Daily Times reports. The cave features 16 biblical scenes, three nativity scenes, two traditional tunnels of lights, and outdoor displays, all of which were put together by mine personnel, with help from friends and Rudd’s Christmas Farm. Each display has a scroll telling the story of Christ.

Nativity Scene in White Gravel Mines“This has been a dream come true,” Tom Martin of White Gravel Mines tells the news agency. “Seeing the young families with their kids walking through the tour and reading everything with their kids, that’s really the whole motivation behind this. It tells the true story of Christmas.”

“We would not be able to do any of this without the enormous amount of support we receive from volunteers and sponsors who make this possible,” Bryan Davis of White Gravel Mines tells the news agency. “It’s really a team effort, and we’re so thankful for them.”

Admission is free, but parking is $2 per car to support the parking crew. The Christmas Cave is Fridays and Saturdays from Nov. 24 through Dec. 23. Hours are 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. The walking tour is self-guided, but visitors should allow at least 30 minutes to walk through the caves.

The Warren family began mining the white quartz gravel under Minford at the beginning of the 20th century. It was sold to the General Refractories Co. and used for the growing residential and industrial needs in the region. After World War II, the mines were abandoned.


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