Frequently Asked Questions
Photo courtesy of The White House
Q: When was Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument created?
A: Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument was established when President Barack Obama exercised the authority vested in him, under Section 2 of The 1906 Antiquities Act, on March 25th, 2013. Read the full Presidential Proclamation. Read the 1906 Antiquities Act which gives Unites States Presidents the authority to protect and preserve public lands by placing them aside as national monuments.
Q: Is Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument open for visitation?
A: No and yes. At this time, the park is not yet open on a regular basis to the public, but interpretive programs and exhibits are currently being developed. However, some limited tours are being offered during select days the rest of 2014. To view which dates and times are available, please visit the Public House Tours page. For more information about the park planning, volunteer opportunities and event & tour dates visit the Operating Hours and Seasons page.
Q: Where did the name "Buffalo Soldiers" originate?
A: After being established by congress in 1866, these all-black regiments were sent to the Western frontier during the Indian Wars. It was while fighting with the Plains Indians that the name was born. Rival Plains Indians would refer to these men of the all-black regiments as "buffalo soldiers" based on the resemblance of their dark, curly hair to that of a buffalo's coat and because of their fierce nature of fighting which was also a trait of the buffalo.
Q: What other National Park Service sites are there in Ohio?
A: The National Park Service has a total of nine national park sites and three other sites/areas in Ohio.
Click on site's full name to be taken there. Park's "alpha code" is bolded in parenthesis. See map at bottom of page for geographic locations of these Ohio NPS sites. Click on the park's alpha code on the map to be taken to their website.
Did You Know?
Long before "Youngsholm" became the permanent residence of Charles Young & his family, the house was once a stopping point for runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974, the house would eventually become nation's 401st National Park Service site More...