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Melrose Caverns

Virginia's most historic and Unique Cave

Event Venue & Historic Civil War Caverns Tours

Since 1929

Underground History of the Civil War

Thanks to the unique protection that the caverns provide from the effects of time and the elements, your tour of the caverns allows you to see this historic site in much the same condition that Union soldiers would have experienced over 150 years ago.

The Melrose Caverns lodge lit up with hanging lights on the porch

Cavern Tours

Walk through the very places where the soldiers lived, ate and slept.  You’ll see where they stored their provisions and how they moved  them up and down between the caverns and the surface.​ You’ll see over 150 names and drawings that were etched or written by the soldiers themselves.

Cave room inside the caverns that includes a pool of water that has a reflection of the stalactites
Wedding Table Setup


Our unique venue offers the perfect blend of rustic and modern. With multiple ceremony sites and a climate controlled lodge for receptions, you’ll be happy you chose us for your special day!

Decorated Dinning Table

A Unique experience

From cave tours to weddings, Melrose Caverns offers activities for everyone. We are located near Harrisonburg, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley. History & adventure awaits you and your family on a unique civil war cave tour. This beautiful, rustic venue is a perfect spot for your wedding or special event.

Inquire with us about a Cave Tour, Wedding or Private Event. We love to hear from you.

Book your tour through time with us today! If you are looking for a private tour or have a large group, contact us.

Gift Shop

Take a look at our Gift Shop! We have a large selection of Melrose memorabilia, geodes, handmade jewelry and gemstone mining.

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6639 N Valley Pike Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Melrose is located in Harrisonburg, Virginia and is near James Madison University, Eastern Mennonite University and Bridgewater College. We are less than two hours from Washington, DC and an hour from Charlottesville, Virginia.


Special Events at Melrose Civil War Caverns are truly unique and availability is limited.  Check back frequently to make sure you don't miss the fun and excitement.

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Plan your Visit

The tour will take approximately 45-60 minutes. Make sure to leave some time to check out our Gift Shop. The Caverns is fully lit, with an artificial floor and no stairs. The Caverns maintains a constant temperature of about 55° Fahrenheit.

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