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THE HOPEWELL CULTURAL CENTER, CHILLICOTHE OHIO
The Hopewell used this area as a burial ground for their dead. They practiced cremation and in that process the body of the deceased was decapitated, then the arms were removed at the elbows and legs at the knee joints. Mounds were built up after a series of cremations.
A ceremonial road termed The Great Hopewell Road connected this place with the Newark Earthwork complex. It is suggested that the road went through present day Great Seal State Park and may have even crossed the amphitheater where Tecumseh is performed. I have walked some of the Shawnee Ridge Trail with friends and may have identified the remnants of that road. The area also served as a training facility during WWI under the name of Camp Sherman. During this time, many of the mounds were destroyed and had to be reconstructed. The small wall that encloses the site likewise had to be reconstructed in areas.
Do the spirits of that ancient people still honor their dead here? Do any of the Shawnee whom lived here in the 1700's still walk this sacred place? Do any of the men who trained at Camp Sherman still train for a long gone war? Listen on July 10 as I walk this sacred area and encourage communication with those who have gone before. Portions of this broadcast will be prerecorded.
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