Southeast Vacation: Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

Welcome to Ohio sign

We drove on from West Virginia and back into Ohio (these “welcome to” photos are never that great, but it’s hard to take a good picture through the window of a moving vehicle), as we made our way home.

A few stops remained, the first being Hopewell Culture National Historical Park.

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

If you’ve never heard of this place, don’t feel bad. I hadn’t either. When I mention that it involves “mounds,” does that give you more of an idea what is here?

Hopewell mounds

Yep, that’s right — mounds. Many mounds. Mounds made by the Hopewell Indians, about 2000 years ago. Wow. That’s the same time Jesus was busy over on the other side of the world.

There are many questions regarding these mounds: what exactly was their purpose? How did the indians create them? This isn’t the only place you’ll find indian mounds. They are in several Indiana sites, and we visited a mounds site near St. Louis several years ago.

Hopewell mounds

We watched a video about the Hopewell mounds people inside the very nice visitor center. We walked around in the heat amongst the mounds. Several places, you could read more about the mounds if you wanted.

But here’s the thing: they are mounds. Of dirt. Maybe it’s just me, but a little of that goes a long way. I respect the work the Indians putting into making them, and also into making huge circles in the ground (the nearby Circleville draws its name from these). But I really don’t feel the need to commune with them for hours.

So. There it is, a brief stop at the mounds.

On the way out, daughter #2 spied the most amazing thing. She said she saw a camel! We turned around, drove back, and sure enough:

camel in yard

Somebody has a camel in his yard. Right next to the lightpost. I think I enjoyed this more than the mounds 🙂

Stay with me. There’s just one more stop before we get home. Anyone need a bathroom break?

3 thoughts on “Southeast Vacation: Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

  1. Wouldn’t you rather have a Camel?
    Topic #2 – You know Anderson has Mounds State Park.
    Topic #3 – Of my eight great grandparents, seven were born in the old country (forget Germany)
    One was born in America – in Ohio – Hanging Rock or Pine Grove Furnace in very
    southern Ohio. That would be Frank Kamman’s mother – Sophie Meyer. Later she lived in
    the same farmhome that years later my Grandpa Kamman and my mother were born in.

  2. Yep! I vote for the camel, because I agree with you that once you have seen an Indian mound, you might as well have seen them all. 🙂 You still manage to make your descriptions sound interesting no matter how mundane they might be. Several times I have visited the Mounds State Park at Anderson, but it is not on my bucket list of things I want to do again before I die. Speaking of bucket lists, your mother shared a neat list with pictures of 100 places to visit before you die. She counted 25 racked up by her, so I did the quiz and got 38! Doubt if I will get very many more, because many of them were far away in other countries. I would love to see Taj Mahal, but I don’t want to go all of the way to India to see it. At least I have seen Iguawasu (sp.?) Falls in South American, and hardly anyone that I know has ever been there. On the same trip I saw Corcavada (Statue of Christ) near Rio de Janeiro also. My comment ends here because I am not spelling very well today, and I always have to go to the bathroom.

  3. I didn’t realize there were mounds in Ohio, and I’ve spend quite a few years of my life living there. But I agree, the camel was almost as interesting.

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