White Gravel Mines

Easter Cave Photos by Kevin Craft

Admission for tours of the Easter and Christmas Caves at White Gravel Mines in Portsmouth is normally free (donations accepted).

  • When: Easter and Christmas Seasons
  • Where: (Map It) 4007 White Gravel-McDaniel Rd in Minford, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-820-6161
  • Web: click here

White Gravel Mines in Minford, Ohio, host the traditional story of Easter and Christmas. A trip through the old mines, known in the spring as the Easter Cave, provides a visual journey. The holiday season does as well.

Before telling the story of Christ, the White Gravel Mines began first as a white quartz gravel mine (part of the geologic layer referred to as the Sharon Conglomerate) at the beginning of the 20th century. It was here that men mined the gravel from under the hills of south-central Ohio, using the power of dynamite and muscle to burrow out a living supply of gravel and sand to meet the growing industrial needs of the region. The mines had been worked through the 1970s, after which they were abandoned and faded to memory except to the local kids and others drawn to their dark mystery.

The property later passed into the stewardship of White Gravel Mines Productions. It was dedicated to promoting the Gospel of Jesus Christ through unique and dramatic events offered for free. Other opportunities to tour the mines are also available throughout the year. Visit the website above for details.

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