Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Adena People & Their Mound


A couple of Friday's ago we spent the afternoon on a field trip. Another "in our own backyard" trip.
A place my children hadn't been to though they pass by it daily and a place that I hadn't visited in many moons.




The mound is located in the center of our town, hence the name Moundsville.

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It was built many years ago (250-150 B.C.) by the hands of the Adena people as a burial ground. The base of the mound measures 295 feet in diameter and climbs to a height of 69 feet. Originally, there was a 40 ft. moat that surrounded the base and was 5 feet deep but that has long been gone.
(Click on the link above if you would like a bit more history!)

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Now a days you can enter for free and take a self-guided tour through the Delf Norona Museum which holds many artifacts, exhibits and displays of the Adena.

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When finished with that you can climb the stone stairs to the top of the mound and get a beautiful view of Moundsville as it sits nestled between the hills and bordered on the west by the Ohio River.

Tomorrow I'll show you a few of those views.

9 comments:

West Side of Straight said...

How interesting! So much history in your area.

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

We used to drive around Louisiana (where I lived) and waaay out to various mounds made by long-ago native peoples...they would just be out in the middle of nowheres...none were so fine as the one you have there, though...

Arlene said...

Fantastic history!!! I live near Harpers Ferry and it is so cool heading there to look around at the history of John Brown and hwat took place!

Carmen C. said...

That is so neat! When I first saw it I thought maybe it was a SAND MOUND for a septic system, LOL! Don't know if you have those in Virginia, but here when you buy land and it doesn't pass for an inground septic system, you use an above ground system that looks like that, LOL!!! Sounds like a fun place to learn some history:)

Sandra said...

That is the kind of field trips we like to take. That one sounds very interesting! I'll be looking for your pictures you post.

Nancy M. said...

Very cool! Our homeschool group is going to an indian mound in a few weeks. I haven't been since I was child.

Granny Sue said...

Neat place, isn't it? Almost haunting.

Anonymous said...

The Mounds are in Moundville WV. Very unique.

Pamela

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