NEWTON COUNTY, Ark. – From restaurants to churches and temples, Arkansas is home to some of the finest gems the country has to offer.
But, you may not know about all of them.
“This is quintessential Natural State. There’s nothing like this in the world,” says manager of Beckham Creek Cave Lodge Hansen Doolittle.
Down a dirt road, deep in the hills of Newton County sits a hidden gem.
“Welcome to Beckham Creek Cave!”
A man-made structure, with six-thousand square feet of living space, built within natural surroundings.
“This is it in all of it’s glory,” says Hansen.
The history of the cave goes back to early 1980’s. John Hays, founder of the Celestial Tea company, brought the land for close to $150,000. It was during the Cold War, that Hays wanted to use the dwelling as a bomb shelter.
He eventually sold it, and many owners soon followed. Hansen Doolittle has managed the cave house for the last two years–just recently completing a $1 million remodeling project.
“How can we make a comfortable destination without changing any of the natural features? Mother nature has given us a spectacular space to work within and that’s what we do, we live within the space,” says Hansen.
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