Siblings Battle over Control of Caverns

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

LURAY -- A legal battle continues over who controls Luray Caverns. It's a family business, leaving siblings at war. The struggle has been going on for years and it got more complicated when an heir died last year.

The Luray Caverns is the biggest tourist attraction in the area. The historic landmark was founded in 1905 and it draws tourists from all over the world. The founder's great-grandchildren are now in a lawsuit over whose trust gets more control.

Stacey Austin said she serves the Graves family all the time at the Gathering Grounds in downtown Luray.

"They're very just normal, nice people and you would never know anything is going on within the family," said Austin.

Now, court documents have surfaced, showing the long legal fight over the family business. The case has made its way back to Page County Circuit Court from federal court, taking up a big chunk of space on the shelves. The court files stack up to be a foot tall.

"It's sad more than anything else because they are such a nice family."

It's siblings versus siblings with the latest motion filed this year. Austin said she knows the siblings on both sides of this case.

"Both just so cordial, so nice, so normal, just a part of the town."

The family is a big part of Luray, owning one of the most popular landmarks in the Valley. Right now, the legal war over the caverns continues with no conclusion in sight.

“I hope the family is able to work this out because they're really, really nice people."

Austin said the Graves family is very involved in the community. She said some of the siblings' kids go to the public schools.

Many neighbors in Luray said they hope the lawsuit is sorted out soon.


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