Conservation Group Restores Melrose Caverns

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A cave conservation group traveled from across Virginia to Harrisonburg this weekend to help restore Melrose Caverns.

The group's goal is to restore the cavern back to its original natural state by removing old graffiti, removing light fixtures and picking up dropped items from the old commercial tours. It is a project they have been working on for over two years.

Mary Sue Socky comes down to this cavern at least once a month from Roanoke and said caving is her life.

"This is our obsession. This is our religion. When I am down here, I am away from all the top-side worries. Sometimes people say the caves sing or talk to them, I just feel better when I'm down here," said Socky.

The cavern was open for commercial tours back during the mid 1900s. They said, in the future, there might be the occasional part-time tour. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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