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Indian Caverns plans sale of property; tours to end in October

Formations inside the caverns are colorfully lit. Indian Caverns is located at 5386 Indian Trail in Spruce Creek, Pa. June 9, 2016.
Formations inside the caverns are colorfully lit. Indian Caverns is located at 5386 Indian Trail in Spruce Creek, Pa. June 9, 2016. nmark@centredaily.com

Indian Caverns, founded in 1929, plans to sell its property, which encompasses miles of hollowed earth below a foothill of Tussey Mountain.

The sale is pending. The caverns, the largest limestone cave in Pennsylvania, are off the market until next May. The prospective buyers have the intervening months to gather funding for the sale to be completed.

Aden Wertz, a third-generation co-owner, said the group planning on purchasing the property is focused on conservation efforts. He said the buyers have intimated that the caverns may be preserved as a bat habitat.

The company announced the potential sale in an April 9 Facebook post.

“It’s been a part of my life for 65 years,” said Wertz, who is also retiring after 32 years in the ministry. “I find a calmness and a peace out there.”

Located at 5374 Indian Trail in Spruce Creek, the state’s second largest commercial show cave has been in the Wertz family for five generations. Plans to sell the property began last spring, Wertz said, with the majority of co-owners voting to put the caverns on the market.

The caverns opened in April on weekends and are now open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Labor Day weekend. Open on weekends in September and October, the caverns will cease tours after the last week in October.

“I’ll miss just being able to go out there and unlock the door,” Wertz said. “And go into the cave and enjoy the beauty of it.”

Roger Van Scyoc: 814-231-4698, @rogervanscy

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