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Near Upper Tract in Pendleton County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Smoke Hole Cave

 
 
Smoke Hole Cave Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 30, 2016
1. Smoke Hole Cave Marker
Inscription. On Smoke Hole Knob (300 yards west), overlooking this site, is Smoke Hole Cave with its circular chamber, forty feet high and fifteen feet in diameter, resembling an inverted hornetís nest, tapering to a natural chimney or “smoke hole.” Its use by Indian tribes and early settlers as a place to “smoke cure” meats gave the name Smoke Hole to the cave and to this twenty-mile picturesque canyon.
 
Erected 2009 by West Virginia Archives and History.
 
Location. 38° 50.449′ N, 79° 17.467′ W. Marker is near Upper Tract, West Virginia, in Pendleton County. Marker is on Smoke Hole (County Route 2) 3.9 miles north of Petersburg Pike (U.S. 220), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located within Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area. Marker is in this post office area: Upper Tract WV 26866, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Eagle Rocks (approx. 1.2 miles away); St. Georgeís Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); Smoke Hole (approx. 2.3 miles away); a different marker also named Smoke Hole (approx. 2Ĺ miles away); Fort Upper Tract
Smoke Hole Cave Marker in Smoke Hole Canyon image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 30, 2016
2. Smoke Hole Cave Marker in Smoke Hole Canyon
(approx. 3.7 miles away); Champe Rocks (approx. 4.2 miles away); Old Judy Church (approx. 4.4 miles away); Sites Homestead (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Upper Tract.
 
Also see . . .  Smoke Hole Caverns Website. “The many rooms and secluded nature of the Caverns were also the ideal place for early settlers and immigrants to make corn whiskey. 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 itís story.” (Submitted on November 11, 2016.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 177 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 11, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photos of the cave • photo of the marker in summer • Can you help?
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