The next time you are traveling to Ohio you may be wondering what there is to do there. You can take your family on a free tour of the Serpent Mounds .
The Serpent Mounds are located inside of Bush Creek State Forest in Adams County Ohio. The mounds extend 1330 feet long and are 3 feet high. This area of the park is also comprised of nearby burial mounds as well.
These Serpent Mounds are proof of a prehistoric indigenous culture. It is believed that the mounds were built in about the year 1070 plus or minus 70 years. The people who are believed to be responsible for the mounds are the Adena tribe and the Fort Ancient tribe.
These mounds have an astronomical significance. According to authors Ephraim Squire and Edwin Davis in their book “Ancient Monument of the Mississippi Valley”, they claim that the head of the serpent aligns to the Summer Solstice and the coil aligns to the Winter Solstice sunrise.
Many people believe that the mounds form certain constellations in the sky like the big and little dippers. People feel that there is an energy flow which connects heaven and earth. It is also believed, by some, that this particular area has healing powers.
The site is open daily between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. And it is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance into the park is free. The only costs that you have is for parking which is seven dollars.
While you are visiting the mounds you can also take in the sights at Serpent Mound Museum. The museum has mocked artifacts and displays from an era dating back before Columbus. Their gift shop sells crafts and jewelry which are created by local artists.
Upcoming events at the Serpent Mounds consists of Lighting the Serpent which takes place on December 20, 2010. This event takes place every year and is another free thing to do in Ohio. Lighting the Serpent consists of people coming together to light 900 candles which outline the mounds. And they celebrate Winter Solstice.
Visiting the Serpent Mounds of Ohio is a very interesting and educational trip to take with your family. This is one of the free things to do in Ohio. You can also pick up a few souvenirs along the way. The most important feature is that it is absolutely free to get in. The Serpent Mounds are rooted in history.
Great Serpent Mounds
3850 State Route 73
Peebles, Ohio 45660