Apr 18, 2024 - News

1 World Heritage site to go

Photo of Hopewell Earthworks in Ohio, grassy mounds

The Hopewell Mound City Group earthworks in Chillicothe. Photo: Edwin Remsberg/VW Pics/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Here's a feather in Ohio's cap: We've got one of only 25 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United States.

Catch up quick: The Hopewell Earthworks, a network of mounds built near Newark and across Southern Ohio, was christened as such by UNESCO last fall.

  • The Earthworks were built between 1,600 and 2,000 years ago by the Hopewell Culture and served as sacred ceremonial sites.
  • The National Park Service and Ohio History Connection now maintain them.

Driving the news: In honor of World Heritage Week, the Earthworks are hosting tours and events all week.

Stop by: If you're up for a day trip this weekend, Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve is open for hikes, archaeological tours, and cooking and gardening demonstrations.

  • Yes, but: It's in Oregonia, about a three-hour drive from Cleveland.
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