Benton Township is one of the
eleven townships of Hocking County, Ohio. The 2000 census found 814
people in the township. Situated in the heart of the Hocking Hills
region, Benton Township includes much of Hocking Hills State Park,
including the popular Old Man's Cave and Ash Cave.
Hills State Park is a non-contiguous state park located in the Hocking
Hills region of the state of Ohio, in Hocking County, and embedded within
the Hocking State Forest. Within the park are several spectacular features
based around rock formations, including Old Man's Cave, a narrow, deep
gorge featuring waterfalls; Rockhouse, a cliffed area with a rock shelter;
Cantwell Cliffs, a broad gorge at the head of a hollow with a unique stone
stairway; and Ash Cave and Cedar Falls, large rock shelters with
waterfalls. Camping is available there, as is a guest lodge.
Churches in Benton township include:Pine Grove Church, Saint Johns Chapel, Wesley
Chapel Cemetery, Berry Cemetery, Justice Cemetery, Pine Grove Cemetery,
South Bloomingville Cemetery, Saint John the Baptist Cemetery, Liberty
Parks in Benton township include:Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve, Old Mans Cave
is an unincorporated community in western Benton Township,
Hocking County, Ohio. Although it is unincorporated, it has a post
office, with the zip code of 43152. It is located at the intersection of
State Routes 56 and 664, slightly west of Hocking Hills State
The first settler, Christian Eby,
settled where South Bloomingville is located on Queer Creek. Other early
settlers were George Starkey and Moses Dolson. The first election was at
Eby’s. The first mill, erected by Eby, was on Queer Creek. The home of
Herschel Badford (1-2 miles east of South Bloomingville) served as the
first post office. This home was called "Rockhouse".
John Chilcote owned the land and laid
out the town of Bloomingville. Samuel and Christian Eby were
pioneer merchants. In 1883 the town had two general stores, one run by
John Goddard and one run by John Quellin, who also owned a drugstore.
The town had two hotels, The Ohio House, which J. W. Iles ran, and the
American, run by William Evarts. Henry O. Haynes owned a flouring and
saw mill, and John A. Smith, a blacksmith shop. Mrs. Redfern ran the
only millinery shop. There were two doctors, Dr. Green and Dr.
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