Cumberland Caverns Welcomes New General Manager Travis Young
Cumberland Caverns, Tennessee’s largest show cave and premier adventure and entertainment destination, today announced Travis Young has been appointed General Manager of Operations.
“Travis is an accomplished leader with significant caving knowledge and experience,” said Jim Herschend, President of Cumberland Caverns, Inc., “and we are pleased to welcome him to our management team. More impressive than Travis Young’s background, are his faith, dedication, and love of this cave and his family. He is the right fit to lead our organization into the next phase of growth and usher in a very bright future for our business and community.”
Mr. Young is a lifelong resident and businessman of Warren County. Travis and his wife Olivia own Depot Bottom Country Store, a very popular eatery located in downtown McMinnville. Not to worry, the restaurant will continue to bring the same delicious food, served up with hometown hospitality, with Olivia Young at the helm.
Travis Young grew up caving and had the pleasure of working with Cumberland Caverns founders Tank Gorin and Roy Davis in the 90’s. During that time, he fell in love with the cave and rose from tour guide to overnight manager. Since those days, he has remained involved with the cave, assisting when needed and exploring new passages. “Working with such extraordinary men as Roy and Tank, they instilled in me the importance of preservation of the cave and I am fully committed to continuing their legacy and keeping their dream, which is now my dream, alive for them and Warren County. My wife and children support me 100% and share in my love of the cave and this community. Growing the business of the cave, bringing new opportunities to my hometown, and strengthening the relationship with
Warren County is my main goal,” stated Mr. Young.
Travis Young will be stepping into the role as of January 28. The position became available after Robby Black, General Manager at the cave for 5 years, answered his calling to become a full-time minister at Bates Hill Presbyterian Church. Mr. Black had this to say about his successor: “Travis will be a wonderful manager for the cave. He is a great Christian man, who like me, has a love for Cumberland Caverns and the conservation of our area. I think he will be a fine leader for our business moving forward into 2019.”
Cumberland Caverns, discovered in 1810, has been helping families create lasting memories together for over 60 years. Currently, the cave offers daily walking tours, adventure tours, guided outdoor hikes, underground camping, concerts, and special events. Cumberland Caverns welcomes over 40K visitors from all over the world each year, who come to experience unimagined beauty hidden 333’ below the surface.