Cool picnic table! The park should have an 1890's tour with people required to dress like that. Gas lanterns. Chicken sandwiches on home made bread. Lemonade. Apple pie. I'm just imagining what that was like. Of course, these days, they'd have to use the modern concrete stairs at the Historic Entrance!😎😊
Former enslaved guide Stephen Bishop, made a name for himself as he led visitors on cave tours and made new discoveries in Mammoth Cave.
In September of 1844, P.Er.Simmon wrote about Stephen saving a wedding party in the cave after their boat sunk in the underground river. Mr. Simmon referred to Stephen Bishop as "The Columbus of the Cave" #Blackhistorymonth #findyourpark... See MoreSee Less
After emancipation and the strife of reconstruction in the 1870s, many businesses started to realize the potential of marketing to African Americans – marketing products, services, and also vacation destinations such as Mammoth Cave. When visiting Mammoth Cave in the early 1900s, European Americans had several options of hotels nearby, but black travelers were limited in places they could stay on their vacations due to segregation laws.
One such place was the Bransford Summer Resort (pictured here), a two-story, 14-room hotel for African Americans, owned by Matt and Zemmie Bransford. The Bransford Summer Resort flourished in the mammoth cave community during the early 1900s, but was eventually sold in 1934 to make way for Mammoth Cave National Park, which was officially designated 7 years later on July 1, 1941.