MOUND CITY

HOPEWELL CULTURE NATIONAL
HISTORICAL PARK

The GPS Coordinates at Mound City Group are: 3922’26.62”N8300’26.14”W.
The Visitors Center (16062 State Route 104, tel. (740) 774-1126) is open extended hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. seven days a week.

Excursions among the monumental antiquities of south central Ohio should begin at Mound City, and the Visitors Center at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, with its fine artifact collection and orientation programs.

To reach Mound City, take Chillicothe’s Main Street two blocks west of Paint Street, then go north on State Route 104 for 3 miles. After passing between two large prisons, enter the Park headquarters on the right. The interactive media program at Mound City provides introductions to the other sites in the region, including those not open to the public.

Outside, walk among the 23 mounds and their low enclosing wall; each covers the remains of a funerary building. Some held spectacular collections such as effigy smoking pipes or shimmering blankets of mica. This place is unique among surviving Hopewell era sites, and may reflect a period of time when mound building was beginning to be augmented by bigger, grander ideas about geometric form and embracing enclosure. Here the people created a collective cultural monument on a much larger scale, a possible prototype for the more precise and complex geometric figures to come.

The first Euro-American pioneers named the site “Mound City.” Squier and Davis investigated in detail in the 1840’s.

Mound City

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