6123 St. Rt. 350
Please note: Fort Ancient will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday and will reopen during normal hours of operation the following business day.
Managed on behalf of the Ohio History Connection
The Mission of the Dayton Society of Natural History at Fort Ancient is to provide visitor and educational services focused on archaeology, Native American culture, and heritage stewardship as they relate to the site, on behalf of the Ohio History Connection.
The Mission of the Dayton Society of Natural History* at Fort Ancient is:
The Mission of the Dayton Society of Natural History is:
*The Dayton Society of Natural History is the parent organization of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park, a museum of the area's 12th century Fort Ancient Indians. Fort Ancient is currently operated by the Dayton Society of Natural History on behalf of the Ohio History Connection
World Heritage Status: Looking to the Future for Fort Ancient
Given that the criteria for UNESCO World Heritage includes clear manifestations of "outstanding universal value" and "human creative genius", Fort Ancient, as the largest and best-preserved hilltop enclosure in the United States, is an ideal candidate for this prestigious designation.
However, successfully achieving World Heritage status requires that all efforts and resources are focused on the goal of providing the best-possible learning experience for the 26,000-plus current annual visitors: enhanced educational programs, more outreach and better maintenance.
This sought-after designation should prove invaluable for the long term well-being of Fort Ancient, as World Heritage status would increase the site's standing on the global stage, joining places like Stonehenge and the Great Wall of China on the list. As proved by other sites added to the World Heritage List, this effort will foster a deeper appreciation of the site's world-wide significance, and increase tourism for southwestern Ohio.
In preparation for this process, the DSNH and OHC are working together to complete a new historic site management plan that will carry the site into the future.
For more information about Fort Ancient, please call 513–932–4421.
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