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Fort Ancient

6123 St. Rt. 350
Oregonia, Ohio 45054
513–932–4421 or
1–800–283–8904
Fax 513-932-4843
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Hours

April–November
Tuesday–Saturday
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: noon-5:00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays

December–March
Saturday
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: noon–5:00 p.m.
*Closed Monday–Friday, except by appointment

Admission:

$6.00 Adults
$5.00 Seniors (60+)
$5.00 Students (6–16)
Children under 6 and members are free.

Outdoor admission (no Museum access)
$8.00/Carload
Members are always Free!

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Journey Back in Time

Nestled 245 feet above the Little Miami River is the largest and best-preserved prehistoric hill top enclosure in the United States. Fort Ancient is a 2,000-year-old monument attesting to the sacredness of American Indian culture.

Discover. Reflect. Explore.

General Information

Hours

April–November
Tuesday–Saturday
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday
noon-5:00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays

December–March
Saturday
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday
noon–5:00 p.m.
*Closed Monday–Friday, except by appointment

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The Museum at Fort Ancient

The Museum at Fort Ancient

Fort Ancient offers exploration and learning both indoors and out. At the Fort Ancient Museum, visitors can look back at the three major technological themes of American Indian culture. The 9,000 square foot facility is divided into three major themes: The First Ohioans (the initial arrival of the earliest American Indians who followed the movement of big game into the  Ohio area), Tillers of the Soil (the transition from hunting and gathering to farming), and When Worlds Collide (first contact

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Educators'/Childrens' Group Information

Children on Village tour

Fort Ancient offers seven unique, age-appropriate guided tours designed to complement classroom and Homeschool curriculum guidelines, providing students with a unique educational experience.

 

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Scout Programs

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Fort Ancient offers a variety of unique program options for Scouts, including Camporees, a Revitalization Program, and guided group tours (groups of 20 or more). Fees vary, based on the program selected. Fort Ancient offers a variety of unique program options for Scouts, including Camporees, a Revitalization Program,

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Tour Operator Overview

SunWatch Indian/ Village Archaeological Park is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Take an amazing journey back in time as you discover the 800 year-old partially-reconstructed Fort Ancient Village. Experience the heritage of Village residents as you enter replicas of their homes and gardens bringing their fascinating history to life.  In the newly renovated Interpretive Center, learn

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Facility Rental

Fort Ancient offers two very different venues to host special events. Guests can reserve the outdoor shelter house for private family reunions, birthday parties or nature themed activities. It is located in the picnic area, in the southern end of the grounds where it is tranquil and isolated from any major road. The Museum also offers a quaint classroom that accommodates meetings, seminars, workshops and receptions.

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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.

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Advanced Pursuit

Each summer, field work is completed on site by archaeology and anthropology students from Wright State University. In recent years, excavation and researchefforts, headed by Dr. Robert Riordan, Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at WSU, have focused on the Moorehead Circle. This circularanomaly, located in the North Fort, was discovered in 2005 by Dr. Jarrod Burks of Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc.

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SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park

SunWatch

Explore the site where Fort Ancient Indians lived more than 800 years ago. SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park brings to life the Fort Ancient culture through a partially reconstructed Village, Interpretive Center, exhibits and events.

 

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FAQs

Fort Ancient offers a day of enjoyment for the entire family. Visitors can learn about Ohio’s rich prehistoric and historic past by exploring the 9,000 square foot exhibit space that depicts three major technological themes spanning over 12,000 years. Guests can also visit the seasonal reconstructed prehistoric garden that grows crops that were cultivated during the Hopewell and Fort Ancient cultures (2,000 and 1,000 years ago).

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