I have lived in Ohio my entire life and this was my first trip to New Straitsville (about one hour from my home town Lancaster Ohio) and the MOONSHINE FESTIVAL MAY 21-25TH
The cave is actually a sandstone outcropping common in the unglaciated region of Ohio. It is named after Seth Robinson the man who owned this property and operated a mine in the 1880’s. The cave was used as a secret meeting place for coal miners in the 1880’s. In 1884 Chris Evans originally from England led the regions miners in the historic hocking valley coal strike. During the strike it is believed that angry miners met at the cave before soaking loaded coal cars with kerosene setting them afire and pushing them into the mines
The event actually turned into a tourist attraction..
This action lit the worlds largest underground mine fire which burned thousands of acres..In 1889 Evans was elected executive secretary of the American Federation of Labor (A.F.of L.)
So we end the trip to New Straitsville with a stop at the “soda fountain” for some cool lemonade and a couple B.L.T’s.
This is the trail we didn’t take
Sometimes one needs to stay off the “Road Less Traveled”