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Arc of Appalachia Preserve System

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Adams County Travel and Visitors Bureau

Historical Drawing of Serpent Mound "The most famous of all such (effigy) mounds is the Great Serpent Mound in Adams County, 1,330 feet in length along its coils and averaging three feet in height."

--E.H. Roseboom & F. P. Weisenburger
A History of Ohio




overhead photo of Serpent Mound Atop a plateau overlooking the Brush Creek Valley, Serpent Mound is the largest and finest serpent effigy in the United States. Nearly a quarter of a mile long, Serpent Mound apparently represents an uncoiling serpent.

In the late nineteenth-century Harvard University archaeologist Frederic Ward Putnam excavated Serpent Mound and attributed the creation of the effigy to the builders of the two nearby burial mounds, which he also excavated. We now refer to this culture as the Adena (800 BC-AD 100). A third burial mound at the park and a village site near the effigy's tail belong to the Fort Ancient culture (AD 1000-1550).

A more recent excavation of Serpent Mound revealed wood charcoal that could be radiocarbon dated. Test results show that the charcoal dates to the Fort Ancient culture. This new evidence of the serpent's creators links the effigy to the elliptical mound and the village rather than the conical burial mounds.

The head of the serpent is aligned to the summer solstice sunset and the coils also may point to the winter solstice sunrise and the equinox sunrise. Today, visitors may walk along a footpath surrounding the serpent and experience the mystery and power of this monumental effigy. A public park for more than a century, Serpent Mound attracts visitors from all over the world. The museum contains exhibits on the effigy mound and the geology of the surrounding area.



Hours: June 1 - October 31, 2010

Park Hours Museum Hours
Monday-Sunday Daylight hours 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Hours: November 1 - December 19, 2010

Park Hours Museum Hours
Monday-Friday Daylight hours CLOSED
Saturday Daylight hours 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Daylight hours 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Hours: December 20 - 31, 2010

Park Hours Museum Hours
Monday-Sunday Daylight hours CLOSED

Hours: January 1 - February 28, 2011
Park Hours Museum Hours
Monday-Sunday Daylight hours CLOSED


Hours: March 1-31, 2011

Park Hours Museum Hours
Monday-Friday Daylight hours CLOSED
Saturday Daylight hours 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Daylight hours 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Hours: April 1 - May 31, 2011

Park Hours Museum Hours
Monday-Sunday Daylight hours 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Hours: June 1 - October 31, 2011
Park Hours Museum Hours
Monday-Sunday Daylight hours 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Groups by appointment



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Parking Fees

OHS Members FREE
Personal Vehicle $7.00
Motorcycles $2.00
RV & Commercial Van $9.00
School Bus $35.00
Commercial Bus $70.00
Annual Parking Pass (Valid for 1 year from date of purchase) $20($12 for Neighbor Pass)
Picnic Shelter Reservation FREE (All vehicles must pay parking fee.)



Discounts: $1 off for AAA members; half price for active military.
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Serpent Mound is on State Route 73, six miles north of State Route 32 and 20 miles south of Bainbridge in Adams County.


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General Information

Serpent Mound
3850 State Route 73
Peebles, OH 45660

Phone:
937-587-2796

Site Manager:
K. Phipps
serpent@hughes.net

Serpent Mound is operated for the Ohio Historical Society by the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System.

For more information about Serpent Mound programs and events, visit the Appalachia Preserve System website.


Thank you for your interest in the Ohio Historical Society!

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