• A plush carpet of green grass covering the Mound City Group in summer

    Hopewell Culture

    National Historical Park Ohio


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July 12, 2014
Native Plant & Pollinator Garden Tour
Join us for a different kind of garden tour at the home of Hopewell Culture NHP’s Park Biologist. Learn how a small backyard within city limits can become a safe haven for birds, butterflies and other native pollinators.

July 11, 2014
2014 Harness Lecture Series - William Kennedy
The 2014 Harness Lecture Series concludes with William Kennedy speaking about prehistoric architecture of the Ohio River Valley.

July 01, 2014
Night-Time Bat Adventure
Holy nocturnal-flying-mammal-detection-program, Batman!!! Join us for a night-time program dedicated to the world of these unique social creatures.

July 01, 2014
Hopewell Discovery Day 2014
Hopewell Discovery Day is a free day of activities dedicated to learning about the science of archeology and understanding the Hopewell Culture.

June 27, 2014
2014 Harness Lecture Series - Gary Argabright
The 2014 Harness Lecture Series resumes with guest speaker Gary Argabright. Join Mr. Argabright as he discusses one of the most well-known sites of Hopewellian archeology, the Liberty Earthworks on the Harness Family Farm.

June 20, 2014
2014 Harness Lecture Series - Dr. Bret J. Ruby
Hear Park Archeologist, Dr. Bret J. Ruby, discuss the progress and results from the current archeological excavation at The Great Circle excavation at Hopewell Mound Group.

May 31, 2014
Guided Hike at Hopewell Mound Group
Join a park ranger on a guided hike of the biggest Hopewell earthworks complex ever constructed, Hopewell Mound Group. Visitors will hear about the site and will also get a chance to view an active archeological excavation going on at the site.

May 29, 2014
2014 Harness Lecture Series - Dr. Robert Mainfort
The 2014 Ohio Archeology Summer Lecture Series continues on Thursday, June 12th with Robert Mainfort speaking about the Pinson Mounds complex in West Tennessee, just outside of Memphis.

May 27, 2014
2014 Harness Lecture Series - Dr. Paul Pacheco
Archaeological Investigations at Datum H: Exploring Ohio Hopewell Activities at the Edge of Hopewell Mound Group. This presentation represents an overview of the methods, results, and preliminary conclusions of our investigations.

May 23, 2014
Junior Archeology Day
This is your child's chance to become a Hopewell Culture NHP Junior Archeologist! Have fun while learning the science behind what an Archeologist does and learn about archeology in your National Parks, including Hopewell Culture NHP.

May 01, 2014
Spring Hike at Spruce Hill Earthworks
Join Ranger Bruce for a spring hike at Spruce Hill! May 10 marks International Migratory Bird day! Situated in the scenic Paint Valley, a hike up Spruce Hill will offer visitors many great opportunities to bird watch as well as learn about this mysterious earthwork.

March 14, 2014
2014 Great American Cleanup at Hopewell Mound Group and Adena Rec Trail
The 2014 Great American Cleanup will take place at the Hopewell Mound Group unit of Hopewell Culture NHP and along the Tri-County Triangle trail which runs through the site.

January 22, 2014
District 9 Ohio History Day
National History Day in Ohio is a year-long program where students choose a topic, tied to an annual theme, and create historical papers, dramatic performances, creative documentaries, museum-like exhibits and websites.

January 20, 2014
Hot Chocolate Bird Walk
On February 15th, the park will hold a Hot Chocolate Bird Walk event as part of the Great Backyard Bird Count. The event is free and visitors will take part in a guided nature walk and DIY bird-related crafts which can be taken home.

November 14, 2013
Natural History of the Holy Land
A discussion and pictorial lecture on the vast natural richness of the lands in Israel. Hear from Hopewell Culture NHP Biologist Dafna Reiner as she talks about the wide diversity of plants and wildlife throughout the varying regions of the Holy Land.

October 29, 2013
Remembering Camp Sherman
Join Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in commemorating Camp Sherman. Come and view artifacts and historic footage from this WWI training camp, which trained nearly 120, 000 soldiers for battle.

October 12, 2013
Hopewell Discovery Day 2013
Due to the federal government shutdown, the 2013 Hopewell Discovery Day was cancelled. The scheduled date of October 12th was during the shutdown period and unfortunately forced the park to cancel this year's event.

September 10, 2013
Spruce Hill Summer Hike 2013
Join park Rangers for a guided hike at one of the last remaining hilltop enclosures built by the Hopewell. This rarely explored site is being opened to the public as part of the park's annual Summer Hiking Series.

June 16, 2013
Trail Exploring
Insects can bug you beyond crazy, but do all of these tiny creatures really have that much of a beneficial impact on the environment? Find out during this special program that will put bugs into a new perspective for you.

June 16, 2013
Trail Exploring - Trees
Ever wonder what type of tree that is that's in your front yard? Or what type of tree that is that sits near the river at the park? Join us in this installment of Trail Exploring to learn more about tree significance and identification.

June 13, 2013
2013 Summer Solstice Celebration
Celebrate the sun with family activities featuring our closest star!

June 03, 2013
June 27 2013 Summer Lecture with Jerrel Anderson
The Circleville Earthwork and Hopewell

June 03, 2013
June 20 2013 Summer Lecture with Laura Murphy
Hearth Features, Land-Use Intensification, and Archaeological Preservation Bias: A Case Study from Northwest Texas

June 03, 2013
June 13 2013 Summer Lecture with Dr Mark Lynott
Ohio Hopewell Ceremonial Landscapes: What We Know and What We Want to Know

May 24, 2013
June 6th 2013 Summer Lecture with George Colvin
The Presence and Source of Hopewell Fossil Shark Teeth from Ohio Archaeological Sites

March 19, 2013
District 9 National History Day Public Open House
This is your chance to experience National History Day in Ohio and to meet the students who have prepared projects for the District 9 competition. Open house hours run from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 23rd in Bennett Hall on the Ohio University-Chillicothe campus.

March 04, 2013
Great American Cleanup at HMG
Great American Cleanup at Hopewell Mound Group and Adena Recreation Trail on April 6, 2013

February 28, 2013
Paint Valley High School 5k Run
Benefit 5k Run for Paint Valley 5th Grade Conservation Camp at Seip Earthworks, co-hosted by Hopewell Culture National Historical Park. Saturday, May 4th at 10:00 am.

February 14, 2013
Emerald Ash Borer and Other Plant Pests Presentation
Management of the Emerald Ash Borer and Other Up & Coming Plant Pests, presented by Hopewell Culture NHP & Ohio Department of Agriculture on March 4th, 2013

February 06, 2013
Invasive Plant Management Plan
Hopewell Culture NHP, in collaboration with the NPS Heartland Inventory & Monitoring Network, seek public input and comments on an invasive plant management plan though March 14, 2013

October 01, 2012
Discovery Day at Mound City Group
2012 Hopewell Discovery Day at Mound City Group

October 01, 2012
Discover Hopewell Earthworks
The 2012 tour of various Ross County Hopewell earthworks

Did You Know?

Ancient Monuments, Squier & Davis

The first publication of the Smithsonian Institution in 1848 was an extensive survey of archeology sites that included all of the sites at Hopewell Culture NHP. The book was authored by Ephraim Squier (left) and Edwin Davis (right), residents of the town of Chillicothe where Hopewell Culture NHP is located.