You will walk through the gate to the entrance to the cavern and the tour guide will begin providing some information about the caverns themselves. There were three groups of people who have used the cavern. The Seneca Indians used the caverns for smoking their meat, which is why it is called Smoke Hole caverns. The tops of the cavern near the entrance are black from the smoke. Then it was used during the Civil War for smoking meat and holding supplies. Finally, and most interestingly it was used for the production of moonshine due to its source of running water and hidden location.