Hocking County Ohio Ghosts and Hauntings - Rock House

Haunted Ohio - Hocking County


Rockhouse Hotel
State Route 374
Laurelville, OH 43135

In the mid 1800’s, an ex-military officer named Col. Ferdinand Rempel built the first Hocking Hills summer resort, The Rock House, where the current shelter house stands at Rock House. It featured 16 rooms, a restaurant, a livery stable and even a U.S. post office.  Many people passed through the hotel built in a beautiful, but rugged section 10 miles from Logan. In the 1800s, camp meetings were held there, and the facilities were even used in a prolonged court session.

It was the local place for those of a 'certain distinction' to get away in the late 1800s. A stay there warranted a write up in the local newspaper. By the early 1900s, it was used in camp meetings and as a summer resort.







Rock House - Hocking Hills State Park

The Ohio Democrat., May 02, 1901, Image 3
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Local legend tells of a woman named Mary who visited the Rockhouse Hotel frequently with her fiancé, a prominent man in the community. While her fiancé was inside, she would enjoy walking the gardens. One morning she was found dead in her room under mysterious circumstances. No one was questioned in the death, no report was ever filed. Although the body quietly disappeared, her spirit remains. Mary can still be seen wandering  near the mouth of the trail head where the garden was once located.


 Rock House NowThe Rock House stood at the Rock House property into the 1920’s. It eventually fell into disrepair and was torn down. The hotel stood where the shelter is now and very little is left except for the old garden wall  by the trail head and the massive spruce trees planted around the hotel. Reports of spectral guests walking the grounds of the old hotel are numerous. More than one patron of the shelter house has heard voices in loud discussion.




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