Manitou Cave of Alabama
July 11, 2018
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Manitou Cave of Alabama

Contributed by Jennifer McCurdy • Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce held our After Hours at Manitou Cave of Alabama last Thursday. What an adventurous After Hours. Annette Reynolds, founder and steward of Manitou Cave of Alabama, hosted a group of twenty-five at the Educational Center.

Annette discussed the history of Manitou Cave of Alabama and was joined by Walter Raymond, whose family made Manitou Cave of Alabama a visitor’s center and tourist destination in the 1940s. Mr. Raymond had not seen the cave in years but knows it like the back of his hand. He actually toured with a group of twenty and he and Annette gave a fantastic tour with a detailed history of Manitou Cave of Alabama.

Roger Lee Holt – Biologist, Partners for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Program in Decatur, spoke to the group about the wide variety of flora and fauna found at Manitou Cave of Alabama. Specifically, Mr. Lee spoke about the Antrorbis breweri, or Manitou cavesnail. This is a freshwater snail with gills found only in Manitou Cave of Alabama. The specific name breweri is in honor of Dr. Stephen Brewer, the former owner of Manitou Cave.

Manitou Cave of Alabama is a 501(c)3 non-profit located Fort Payne and has been a place of early aboriginal shelter, ceremony and Cherokee inscriptions. Today the cave is the focus of conservation efforts by Manitou Cave of Alabama, Inc. to preserve this living natural museum and world treasure.

Annette is very passionate about Manitou Cave of Alabama and hopes to see the community come together and help restore the Educational Center (once known as the Visitors Center). She would love to see the Educational Center become a true learning center, so children and adults can learn about our Cherokee Indian heritage and the journey of Manitou Cave of Alabama and the lives that have touched it.

For more information about Manitou Cave of Alabama, please visit

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