Over the past few months I’ve visited some amazing places and have met some incredible people, but one thing kept popping up on my travels: Indian burial and ceremonial mounds. Each time I researched “interesting places in southeast Ohio” (or some variation of that), burial mounds always came up in my search. There was that pesky mound that was rooted right in the middle of the Civil War battle site in Meigs, and I even made an entire trip out of one burial mound located in Marietta. Well, I thought it was right time to do the natural thing, which was to visit the Indian mound of Ohio: Serpent Mound. Serpent Mound is like the Michael Jordan of mounds – the Big Kahuna, the Head Honcho, one of Ohio’s greatest cultural treasures.
I once traveled to Serpent Mound during my elementary school years, since the site is only an hour away from my home in Cincinnati. I’m sure I was happier playing “Miss Mary Mack” with my friends on the bus ride to the mound instead of actually visiting the mound, but I thought it was right time to do a big-girl trip to Peebles.
The mound is located off State Route 73 near Scioto Brush Creek in Adams County, constructed at the edge of what is believed to be a meteor crater several hundred million years old. As my sister and I drove toward the mound, the area is surrounded by trees. Only once you reach the mound is there a clearing and the 1,330 foot long hill is in sight. But what makes this particular mound so special is not it’s length or height (an average of three feet tall), but it’s serpent-like figure. According to the mound’s official website, “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.” (Note: Effigy mounds are raised piles of earth built in the shape of animals by Native American tribes).