The magnificence of Ruskin Cave and its natural setting of rock walls, rippling waters and canopies of trees, offer an ideal environment for every event. Colorful backgrounds and adornments inspire artistic and creative thought, with plenty of open spaces for recreational activities. Covered and comfortable shelters provide places to enjoy a meal together or to talk business.
The spacious grounds adjacent to Ruskin Cave are wonderful for weddings and fantastic for family reunions, company picnics, corporate team building retreats and birthday parties.
The grounds include access to the beautiful waters of Yellow Creek and the game area, featuring Frisbee Golf, Corn Hole Toss, Volleyball and Horse Shoes. And, of course, you can bring our own games!
Brief History of the Ruskin Cave Property
The Ruskin Cooperative Association was started by a socialist author from Indiana named Julius Wayland in 1894. Wayland dreamed of a utopia with good schools, libraries, gymnasiums and lecture halls. Several hundred people moved here to give it a try, but the dream didn’t work as well as hoped. The commune left Tennessee in 1899 and was dissolved two years later.
Ruskin Cave has changed hands several times since then. It was even used temporarily as a college campus for what is now Trevecca Nazarene University. Musician David Alan Cole owned the property at one time and built the rock house for a personal retreat. The property has been home to exotic animals and has been used as a favorite summer spot for picnicking and swimming. Most recently Ruskin Cave was home of Camp Renaissance, a great camp for boys and girls between six and 14 years of age.