FORT HILL,
PAINT VALLEY

THE FORT HILL MUSEUM

A small museum presents the geology, zoology, and archaeology of the site. Exhibits portray the remarkable fact that four of Ohio’s five major geological zones converge here: the Till Plains, the Glaciated Hills, the Unglaciated Appalachian Plateau, and the Lexington (or Bluegrass) plains coming up out of Kentucky.

Other displays explain the diverse flora (especially flowers and exotic plants) and the conditions that support them, plus the fauna (especially birds) of the area. Model reconstructions depict the “arbor” underneath the Hopewell-era earthen ring, and the large ceremonial building, both discovered in the 1950s in a meadow just south of the site.

A sunlit contour model of Fort Hill adorns the entrance to the site’s museum.

Fort Hill, Paint Valley

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