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.