Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

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Facility:Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
Description:Mounds of various shapes and enclosures often built in geometric patterns dot the landscape of the Ohio River Valley. These earthen structures were doubtless the work of many human hands. Evidence suggests that Hopewell earthworks were used for a variety of ceremonial and social activities between 200 BC to AD 500. Come learn about these sacred spaces and reflect upon the lives of their builders at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park.
A D D R E S S
Address 1:16062 State Route 104
Address 2:
City:Chillicothe
State/Province:OH
Zip Code:45601
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:Park grounds at the Mound City Group, Hopewell Mound Group, and Seip Earthworks units are open during daylight hours.

The park's Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Between Memorial Day to Labor Day the Visitor Center is open 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Visitor Center is closed January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25.

The Hopeton Earthworks and High Bank Works units are not accessible to the public except for occasional ranger-led programs.
Admission:As of October 1, 2006, there are no entrance fees at Hopewell Culture.

The park continues to sell the National Parks Pass, Golden Eagle Pass, Golden Age Pass, and Golden Access Pass at the Mound City Group Visitor Center. Payment for passes must be made with credit card or personal check- no cash accepted.
Telephone:(740) 774-1126
Website:Visit Website
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Charlotte D., Co-op Member
We love the Hopewell Historical National Park. It is free and directly accessible from 35, only a minute away, which makes it an easy stop if you are traveling through and need to stretch your legs. Although the museum is small, the rangers are friendly and offer plenty of guidance on the culture surrounding what we know about these ancient native peoples. My kids found it fascinating in particular that they are named from the farmer who owned the land. We do not know what these people called themselves, since they left no written records. Although you cannot climb on the mounds themselves, it is nice to walk among them and walk through the wildflowers down to the river and reflect on this mostly unknown native culture. For our family, this started a discussion on how architects do their jobs, how pictures and signage within the museum is really just a "best guess" scenario, and how these mounds were almost destroyed through land clearing and farming, only to be protected by the National Park System. It is a quiet and reverent place, not flashy, but peaceful and free. I recommend it for an afternoon with a picnic. Do NOT use your GPS to find it using the address. Use the coordinates only, which are available here: http://www.nps.gov/hocu/planyourvisit/directions.htm
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