Infamous Cave, “The Murder Hole” Subject of New Book by Local Author

MurderHole-230x300The Murder Hole cave in Catawba is a unique place of danger and beauty and now caver, landowner, and artist, Marian McConnell, shares this fascinating collection of legends, history of its early explorers, and stories from those who survived accidents in its dark depths.

The book contains over 150 pages of historical and current photographs, maps, artwork, stories, and more. Chapters include: Legends of Murder Hole; Death, Injuries, Rescues and Incidents; Caves in Virginia; Early Explorers; A Trip into Murder Hole; Mysteries; plus appendices on Safety, Conservation, and a Chronology of Trips from the almost 20 years Marian and Dan McConnell have owned the cave.

The book is being published by the Special Publications Committee of the National Speleological Society.

Book signings have been held at Dixie Caverns, Fincastle Library and the Emporium (in New Castle). The next one is April 15 at 7 pm at the Salem History Museum. The book is available in paperback or hardback. For more information please contact marian.mcconnell@gmail.com or (540) 309-4707.