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The Devil's Tea Table was described in Volume II of Ohio: An Encyclopedia of the State by Henry Howe, LL.D. 1891.

"[The Devil's Tea Table] stands on the east side of the river, three miles north of McConnelsville, on a farm owned by L.D. Reed. Its position is exactly central on the top of a high hill, the ground sloping rapidly from it in every direction. It stands like a lone sentinel, keeping its silent watch, as the years go by, over the beautiful river whose waters glide by it on their way to the ocean."

(The following story was contributed by Dr. H. L. True of McConnelsville:)

"The Devil's Tea Table consists of an immense table of sandstone estimated to weight over 300 tons,
supported by a slender base of shelly slatestone. It maintains its place and position mainly by its equilibrium, the top being so evenly balanced on the pedestal that if a small portion were broken from ne side, it would topple over.

The table is quadrangular or diamond shaped, and has the following dimensions:
  • 25 fee high
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  • 33 feet long
  • 20 feet wide
  • 10 feet thick
  • 85 feet in circumference.

The dimensions of the base are:
  • 18 feet long
  • 5 feet wide
  • 14 feet high
  • 40 feet circumference
When this massive stone is viewed in close proximity it appears to lean in every direction, so that on whatever side an observer may be, it seems liable to fall on him."

The rest of the story is -- this interesting natural feature collapsed in July 1, 1906.

The original photo is archived at Kate Love Simpson Library, McConnelsville, and the description reads: "The Devil's Tea Table," near McConnelsville, Ohio, which fell over July 1, 1906."

Note: The Historical Collections of Ohio: An Encyclopedia of the State, can be read online at:
Historical Collections of Ohio

An excellent photo of it can be viewed at: Devil's Tea Table Post Card

Click here to read a poem about The Devil's Tea Table in Morgan County, written by S. Q. Lapius -- pen name used by James Ball Naylor.

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LeilaN Devil's Tea Table - poem 1 Apr 14 2008, 4:23 AM EDT by LeilaN
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In some of the research I did on this - one photo had a poem superimposed - it was too small to be read and too "pixelly" when enlarged. BUT I was able to see that it was written by James Ball Naylor.
Anyone have the poem anywhere?
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