In Town Tourist: Rock House

Situated in the side of a sandstone cliff,  the Rock House has a colorful history stemming from its concealed location.  Horse thieves, murderers, bootleggers and Indians once crept through the 200 foot long recess.  Today visitors to the Hocking Hills near Logan, Ohio can walk the dark expanse that once protected both the criminal and the innocent alike.

Hand carved shelves functioned as turpentine stills to area Indians who extracted sap from pitch pine wood by building fires atop the wood and a layer of sandstone.  Unsavory cave inhabitants in later years led to its local nickname:  Robbers’ Roost.

Seven window-like openings in the Blackhand sandstone allow limited amounts of light into the cave (which is the only true cave in Hocking Hills State Park), but it took a camera flash to discover the vibrant reds and oranges of the Rock House’s interior.

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5 Comments to In Town Tourist: Rock House

  1. Suzanne Perazzini

    I loved the post about your son. You wrote beautifully about him. What a joy to have a son that you like as well as love – as I do mine. We are lucky ladies.

  2. 7 was always a magic number and seven windows obviously are giving enough dose of daily lights. This is a very nice and very interesting post again. I loved it.

  3. What a fascinating history and colorful place! And your description is so vivid. This post really started me daydreaming.

  4. A good post about a delightful place.

  5. Suzanne: I know you are equally (and rightfully!) proud of your own. It’s wonderful when you have family that you would also choose as friends.
    Susanne: It’s always intriguing to be in a place embedded with so much history. It was easy to imagine earlier inhabitants gazing out those “windows” to the forest beyond.
    NothingProfound: The Rock House stirred daydreams in me too. One can’t help but wonder at the stories lived out within those sandstone walls.
    Graham: It’s a fun one to explore. Especially with kids!

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