Skip to main content

The History of Penn’s Cave

Jun 08, 2017 03:11AM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger

Penn's Cave & Wildlife Park. Image courtesy of Penn's Cave & Wildlife Park's Facebook page.

Centuries ago, the Seneca Indians discovered the natural landmark cave in the Valley of Karoondinha (Penn’s Valley).

The famous legend of the Indian maiden, Nita-nee (from whom the famous Penn State Nittany Lion got its name) and her French trapper lover, Malachi Boyer, has been told around campfires for generations.

Forbidden to marry because of an Indian custom, they ran away and were captured, and Malachi was thrown into Penn’s Cave to die. Local history also tells of Indians and early explorers using the dry rooms for shelter.

In 1885, Penn’s Cave opened as a commercial show cavern, and the Penn’s Cave Hotel was built. In 1976, Penn’s Cave and the Penn’s Cave House were placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Susquehanna Life's free newsletter to stay informed

Travel, Arts+Entertainment History web extras
  • Parakeet Landing

    10/19/2017
    10:00AM

    Surround yourself with hundreds of colorful parakeets in Reptiland’s NEW aviary! Beautiful budgie...


  • Dinosaurs Come to Life

    10/19/2017
    10:00AM

    Travel back in time with this prehistoric outdoor adventure! Open April 22 through October 29, 20...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    10/19/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • Art Exhibit: 8 Takes on Architecture

    10/19/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Reception Friday, October 13, 6:30 – 8 pm. Free and open to the public. Photography, drawing an...


  • Legacy Five In Concert

    10/19/2017
    02:00PM

    Concert Times: 2:00pm & 7:00pm Join us for an evening of Southern Gospel Music with Legacy Fiv...


  • iMAKE

    10/19/2017
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    This a-la-carte class series offers both art and science projects for children ages 6-12. LED Cop...


  • Parakeet Landing

    10/20/2017
    10:00AM

    Surround yourself with hundreds of colorful parakeets in Reptiland’s NEW aviary! Beautiful budgie...


  • Dinosaurs Come to Life

    10/20/2017
    10:00AM

    Travel back in time with this prehistoric outdoor adventure! Open April 22 through October 29, 20...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    10/20/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • Art Exhibit: 8 Takes on Architecture

    10/20/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Reception Friday, October 13, 6:30 – 8 pm. Free and open to the public. Photography, drawing an...


  • Flashlight Safari

    10/20/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Visit on October 20 & 21 from 6-9pm to experience nocturnal nightlife at the zoo! Explore the ...


  • Parakeet Landing

    10/21/2017
    10:00AM

    Surround yourself with hundreds of colorful parakeets in Reptiland’s NEW aviary! Beautiful budgie...


  • Dinosaurs Come to Life

    10/21/2017
    10:00AM

    Travel back in time with this prehistoric outdoor adventure! Open April 22 through October 29, 20...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    10/21/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • PAINT ME A STORY

    10/21/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    PAINT ME A STORY - “Pete the Cat” Oct. 21st 10-11a.m. This new Saturday morning storytime-art-...


  • Art Exhibit: 8 Takes on Architecture

    10/21/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Reception Friday, October 13, 6:30 – 8 pm. Free and open to the public. Photography, drawing an...


  • Flashlight Safari

    10/21/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Visit on October 20 & 21 from 6-9pm to experience nocturnal nightlife at the zoo! Explore the ...


  • Stories On Tap

    10/21/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    Stories on Tap is an interactive performance storytelling event based in Pennsylvania’s Susquehan...


  • Parakeet Landing

    10/22/2017
    10:00AM

    Surround yourself with hundreds of colorful parakeets in Reptiland’s NEW aviary! Beautiful budgie...


  • Dinosaurs Come to Life

    10/22/2017
    10:00AM

    Travel back in time with this prehistoric outdoor adventure! Open April 22 through October 29, 20...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    10/22/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • Parakeet Landing

    10/23/2017
    10:00AM

    Surround yourself with hundreds of colorful parakeets in Reptiland’s NEW aviary! Beautiful budgie...


  • Dinosaurs Come to Life

    10/23/2017
    10:00AM

    Travel back in time with this prehistoric outdoor adventure! Open April 22 through October 29, 20...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    10/23/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • Parakeet Landing

    10/25/2017
    10:00AM

    Surround yourself with hundreds of colorful parakeets in Reptiland’s NEW aviary! Beautiful budgie...


  • Dinosaurs Come to Life

    10/25/2017
    10:00AM

    Travel back in time with this prehistoric outdoor adventure! Open April 22 through October 29, 20...


  • James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution

    10/25/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they...


  • Art Exhibit: 8 Takes on Architecture

    10/25/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Reception Friday, October 13, 6:30 – 8 pm. Free and open to the public. Photography, drawing an...


  • Wednesday Salon Sessions with Ralph Vartan

    10/25/2017
    06:00PM — 06:45PM

    Please join us in the Main Gallery for a 45 minute concert by Ralph Vartan on a vintage Steinway ...



PROUDLY BROUGHT TO YOU BY THESE COMMUNITY SPONSORS


Weis Center for the Perfoming Arts
Albright Care-Services
Geisinger Medical Center