Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Put-In-Bay Winery and Crystal Cave

 
Owned and operated by Heineman Winery, Crystal Cave helped save the family-run winery from demise during Prohibition.
Tours of the cave helped pay the bills,
while other wineries on the island closed.
Discovered by workers in 1897 while digging a well for the winery 40 feet above, Crystal Cave is the world's largest geode. The walls of this cave are covered in strontium sulfate, a blueish mineral called celestite. These crystals range from 8 to 18 inches long.
The original cave was much smaller than what appears today,
as crystals were harvested and sold for the manufacturing of fireworks.
More info HERE
 


 Someone's interpretation of the formations in the cave.

 
 

 
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8 comments:

  1. Not sure about the interpretations of the rock formations in the cave. Like the photo of the vineyard. How is the wine?

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  2. Very interesting history there. The family was a good example of adaptability! Glad they can do the tours and make the wine these days!

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  3. I've heard that this is a great spot.

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  4. Good idea to capitalize on the cave as something to do while shopping for wine!

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  5. What a great find. I would love to check the cave out.

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  6. Looks like an interesting stop and adventure!

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  7. Very interesting...so many place like this we have never heard of.

    I really like that last shot.

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