7/4/22: Grounds will be open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Museum closed.
Masks are no longer required but please practice social distancing whenever possible.
If you are interested in supporting Fort Ancient, you may donate by texting SAVEHISTORY to 44-321.
Explore North America’s largest ancient hilltop enclosure, built 2,000 years ago. A National Historic Landmark, the site is thought to have served as a social and ceremonial gathering place. Experience an on-site museum and gift shop (members receive a 10% discount), recreated American Indian garden and three miles of hiking trails with scenic overlooks. Average visit time: Allow 2+ hours. Plan Your Visit!
Tours and Field Trips
Fort Ancient Earthworks & Nature Preserve is Ohio’s first state park. In April 1891, the state legislature authorized the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Society (now the Ohio History Connection) to care for the site. In 1966, Fort Ancient became nationally recognized when it was named a National Historic Landmark. Learn more here.
Fort Ancient Earthworks & Nature Preserve is managed by the Ohio History Connection.
Fort Ancient is one step closer to becoming Ohio’s first World Heritage site. The site is one of seven Ohio sites in a serial nomination of Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks. In addition to Fort Ancient, the sites are Newark Earthworks and five sites that make up Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Chillicothe. For more information on World Heritage and how you can help, visit worldheritageohio.org.
Become an Ohio History Connection member today and explore our 50+ historic sites and museums throughout the state of Ohio for free, including Fort Ancient Earthworks & Nature Preserve.
With tangible benefits such as free regular admission, discounts, invitations to members-only events and publications to intangible benefits such as supporting and sustaining Ohio’s legacy, members gain a greater understanding of Ohio’s past while connecting themselves to Ohio’s future. Make Ohio’s history part of your present, and experience all the Ohio History Connection has to offer.
Questions about membership? Call us at 800.686.1545 or email us at [email protected]. We would love to hear from you!
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Outreach and Preservation Partners
Fort Ancient works in partnership with a variety of organizations in and around the Cincinnati, Dayton and Warren County areas. This network of businesses and organizations help promote Fort Ancient to the broader community through grants, public service announcements, community service, educational programs and technical support.
This series of lectures will provide specific information on the geological points of origin of 18 unique raw materials and objects as well as provide examples of the raw material from which the Hopewell artisans created the beautiful artifacts, decorations, tools, vessels, decorations and weapons. The lectures will highlight the geological abilities of the Native […]
Participants will create a clay vessel from self-hardening clay using the coil method of construction as the Adena Culture did 3,000 years ago. There will be an educational background given with visual examples. Each participant will be assisted as needed to finish a coil clay vessel. All individuals will have their own materials to work […]