Catawba Murder Hole cave in Botetourt County, Virginia, is an infamous unique place of danger and beauty.
The BOOK, by landowner and caver Marian McConnell, is available (hardback and paperback) about this fascinating cave. It is a collection of legends, history of its early explorers, and stories from those who survived accidents in its dark depths. She will share stories about the book, caves, caving, and bats, and perform a song or two she has written about them. Her 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 more than 20 years Marian and Dan McConnell have owned the cave.
The MOVIE, by David Socky and Marian McConnell, is a 28-minute documentary, complete with drone footage, videos, photographs, original music, and a trip into all three levels of the cave. Viewers will get a "bird's eye view" of the cave and the Catawba Valley, and travel into its depths to learn about its history and see some of it's stunning formations. Wild caving is a potentially dangerous activity, and is strenuous and not for everyone -- but everyone can enjoy seeing what it looks like from the comfort of their armchair.