Laws & Policies
Image courtesy of Ohio Statehouse
The present Hopewell Culture National Historical Park evolved in part from the former Mound City Group National Monument. The national monument was established by a proclamation signed by President Warren G. Harding in 1923 to preserve prehistoric mounds of "great historic and scientific interest." In 1980 Congress expanded the monument, adding a portion of the Hopeton Earthworks and directed the National Park Service to investigate other regional archeological sites for their suitability for preservation. Four sites were recommended. Hopewell Culture National Historical Park was established on May 27, 1992 by a law that renamed the Mound City Group National Monument, expanded the Hopeton Eathworks unit, and authorized the acquisition of three additional sites: High Bank Works, Hopewell Mound Group, and Seip Earthworks.
The Superintendent's Compendium is the summary of park specific rules implemented under the discretionary authority of the park Superintendent. This document includes park designations, closures, permit requirements, and other restrictions for Hopewell Culture National Historical Park.
Firearms and Other Weapons
Legislation: As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws to legally possess firearms in this park. Firearms are not permitted in the Mound City Group visitor center. Refer to Section 512 of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, Public Law 111-24, 123 Stat. 1764-65.
Park User Responsibility: It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearm laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please see the Ohio Code, Chapter 2923.
Weapons Prohibited in Federal Facilities: Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances. Firearms are not permitted in the Mound City Group visitor center. Refer to 18 U.S.C. § 930.
For More Information: See the state of Ohio's website at http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Enforcement/Concealed-Carry.
Did You Know?
British soldiers captured during the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812 were marched to a prisoner of war camp (Camp Bull) located between the present day Mound City Group visitor center, and the northern part of the city of Chillicothe. More...