Mound Cemetery Mound (Chester, Ohio)

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Mound Cemetery Mound
Mound Cemetery Mound near Chester.jpg
Comprehensive view from the southwest
Mound Cemetery Mound (Chester, Ohio) is located in Ohio
Mound Cemetery Mound (Chester, Ohio)
Location Sumner Road, Chester Township
Nearest city Chester, Ohio, United States
Coordinates 39°6′48″N 81°55′24″W / 39.11333°N 81.92333°W / 39.11333; -81.92333Coordinates: 39°6′48″N 81°55′24″W / 39.11333°N 81.92333°W / 39.11333; -81.92333
Area 5 acres (2.0 ha)
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 74001575[1]
Added to NRHP May 2, 1974

The Mound Cemetery Mound is a Native American mound in central Meigs County, Ohio, United States. Located in the eponymous Mound Cemetery, the mound lies north of the community of Chester in Chester Township.[1] Because the mound has never been excavated, it remains in fine condition. Its location near the Middle Branch of the Shade River suggests that it was built by the Adena people; if so, it can be expected to contain remnants of a wooden structure that served as the burial place for a prominent member of Adena society.[2]

Many burial mounds existed in present-day Meigs County when the area was first settled, but many succumbed to the shovels of curious settlers who hoped to find treasures within. Some of these mounds yielded artifacts such as stone tools, pottery, and skeletons when opened. Other mounds were gradually destroyed by the plows of farmers cultivating their fields for many years.[3] The remains of what may have once been another mound and related earthworks can be found in the near vicinity of Mound Cemetery.[2] Another Adena mound, known as the Reeves Mound, is located in northern Meigs County north of the community of Alfred.[4] Unlike the mound remnants near the cemetery, the Mound Cemetery Mound and the Reeves Mound are listed on the National Register of Historic Places; both were added to the Register in 1974.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b Owen, Lorrie K., ed. Dictionary of Ohio Historic Places. Vol. 2. St. Clair Shores: Somerset, 1999, 987.
  3. ^ Larkin, Stillman Carter. The Pioneer History of Meigs County. Columbus: Berlin, 1908, 161-162.
  4. ^ 44 F.R. 7561