CHILLICOTHE – Hopewell Culture National Historical Park has released daylight saving hours for this year.
The Mound City Group Visitor Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Park Museum, Eastern National Bookstore and Gift Shop, and Park Orientation Film will be available during opening hours. These summer hours will begin on May 22 and end on August 13.
Starting May 27, daily ranger-guided programs and visits to the Mound City Group will be offered. Visitors have the option of joining the Mound City Group morning tour at 10 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. for the afternoon tour. Additionally, at 1:30 p.m. there is a daily “Hopewell Connections” noon ranger program. This program will be approximately 30 minutes long and will cover a variety of topics giving visitors a unique and intriguing perspective on the earthworks, the national park and the American Indian culture Hopewell “Hopewell Connections” will be a conversation on the porch and not a walking tour of the mounds.
No reservations are required for programs or Visitor Center tours. Upon arrival at the Mound City Group Welcome Center you can visit reception for more information or to have your questions answered. Guests on ranger-led tours are encouraged to visit the park’s website for weather information and suggested items to bring on the tour. For example, a water bottle is highly recommended during the hot summer months.
These parks have been nominated for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List. If added to the list next year, these sites could lead to a big increase in tourism to the area.
The park grounds of the Mound City Group, Hopeton Earthworks, Hopewell Mound Group and Seip Earthworks units are always open from dawn to dusk. For addresses, directions, and information on all sites in Hopewell Culture National Historic Park, you can visit the park’s website.