Folks, my name is Jerry Downs,
and I am the third generation
owner of the Crystal Grottoes.
When I was 10 years old my grandfather
Ralph Downs showed me how to run this
business. When the caverns were discovered
it was so spectacular it was said that
if it were opened it would make money for
100 years. Well, get this. The caverns were
discovered in 1920 and opened to the public
in 1922. I am working on this website in 2010.
For 88 years, ladies and gentlemen, the Crystal
Grottoes, Maryland's natural caverns have been
wowing customers and has been an ongoing
concern ever since.
This natural phenomenon has more formations
per square foot than any cave known to man.
It is also the most naturally kept cave
in the world. You are going to see this
piece as it was developed back in the 1920's.
Our tour guides will answer your educational,
technical, historical and geological questions.
After the tour, we try hard to have an
additional question and answer period to answer any
questions that our guides did not know the
answer to, or additional questions thought of after the
fact. Every good question makes us a little
sharper. No one on earth knows it all,
but it sure is fun to talk caves all day!
And don't forget - its 54 degrees in the
caves all year round, so it's cool in the
summer, and warm in the winter!
See you underground at Crystal Grottoes!