6123 St. Rt. 350
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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.
About Fort Ancient
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 Museum that depicts three major technological themes spanning over 12,000 years, before heading outdoors to enjoy the extensive earthworks.
Fort Ancient is currently on the short list for inclusion to be nominated for World Heritage Status, making this unique prehistoric earthwork a global destination.
Educators'/Childrens' Group Information
Fort Ancient offers seven unique, age-appropriate guided tours designed to complement classroom and Homeschool curriculum guidelines, providing students with a unique educational experience.
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,
Tour Operator Overview
Fort Ancient is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as being on the "short list" for World Heritage site status.
Tour groups can choose between one- and two-hour tour options.
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.
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.
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.
Visit Our Sister Sites
Did you know that Fort Ancient has two sister sites? Located in Dayton, admission to the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is FREE with a Dayton Society of Natural History membership!
Experience unlimited fun and learning 359 days a year at the Boonshoft Museum! Explore the wonders of the world with a live animal zoo, the region’s only Planetarium, interactive science and technology exhibits, and dozens of family-friendly permanent exhibits.
Visit Our Sister Sites
Did you know that Fort Ancient has two sister sites? Located in Dayton, admission to SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park is FREE with a Dayton Society of Natural History membership!
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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