Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: How may visitor centers are there and when are they open?
A: Currently, there is only one visitor center for the park which is also the former home of Colonel Charles Young. View Directions on how to get to the park. Visit the Operating Hours & Seasons page for more information about park hours. There is no gift shop available at the park at this time.
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, exhibits, and regular visitation hours are currently being developed. Some limited tours and public open house dates are being offered during select days throughout the year. To view the schedule of dates and times, please visit the Guided Tours 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: Are there ranger-led tours or lectures?
A: Ranger-led tours are available by appointment and on scheduled days throughout the year. To schedule a tour appointment, please call the park at 937-503-5614. Tours will take place on the ground floor of the house, while the tour upstairs is self-guided and at one's own pace. To view a schedule of dates and times that the park is open to the public, please visit the Guided Tours page.
Q: Are there any exhibits or films on the life of Colonel Charles Young?
A: Yes. In the house, there is a collection of exhibits created by the Omega Psi Phi fraternity on the second floor. There are also three films that are available for visitors to view during their visit to the park. You can view the park orientation film online to prepare for your visit to the park.
Q: What are the GPS coordinates for Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument?
A: The park GPS coordinates are 39°42'26"N 83°53'25"W
Q: Is the Passport® cancellation stamp available at the park?
A: Yes. When the park is open for scheduled public visitation or for tours by appointment, visitors can obtain the park Passport cancellation stamp. There are two stamps available. One stamp has the city "Xenia" on it and the other has the city "Wilberforce" on it. You can also obtain the park cancellation stamp at the three other southern Ohio NPS sites when the park is not open for visitation.
Q: What other National Park Service sites are there in Ohio?
A: The National Park Service has a total of eight national park sites in Ohio. Click on a site's full name to be taken to their respective page. Each 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 picture on the map to be taken to their website.
OHIO'S OTHER NPS SITES