The history of Smoke Hole Caverns is tied to the Seneca Indians who used the front section of the caverns to smoke wild game.  The slow burning wood fires sent clouds of smoke swirling out into the valley.  The scene was so common that early settlers called the place Smoke Hole. 

The many rooms and secluded nature of the Caverns were also the ideal place for early settlers and immigrants to make corn whiskey after the Civil War.  The clean cold stream that flows through the Caverns was perfect for “moonshine” and it is estimated that perhaps as many as 20 stills operated at one time!!  An original still remains on display today complete with it’s story.

Smoke Hole Caverns