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Out of the Clock Tower

Hello and welcome to the Greene County Archives' blog, "Out of the Clock Tower".  Please join us as we share information on archival issues, news, special events, and highlights from our collection.

Before the archives program began in Greene County in 1996, permanent records were stored in every conceivable space, in basements, garages, and closets. Usually they were in boxes of various shapes and sizes, although seldom adequately labeled, but occasionally they were just in loose piles of books and papers. Most notable were the old records stuffed into the clock tower of the County Courthouse, where they shared their home with pigeon droppings.

Now, there is a clean, environmentally controlled, well appointed location for the county archives, where our historical records are housed in standard sized boxes on steel shelves. We have taken note of their journey in the name for our blog.

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Jan 26

The Earthworks of Greene County

Posted on January 26, 2017 at 11:38 AM by Elise Kelly

Did you know there are several earth mounds in Greene County? These large ancient monuments were raised on hills and on plains near the courses of waterways such as the Little Miami River, Beaver Creek and Massie's Creek. sdfsdf
Williamson Mound - Indian Mound Reserve, Cedarville Ohio.
Throughout the state of Ohio, there are numerous ancient monuments (earth mounds). These include burial grounds (e.g. the prehistoric effigy mound - Serpent Mound), mound circles and enclosures. Some of the mound circles and enclosures were made for fortification purposes. What has been discovered after excavating some of these mounds include: human bones of the mound builders, arrow heads and stone hatchets.

Only one or two of the mounds in Greene County have been excavated.
Williamson Mound - Indian Mound Reserve, Archaeology Dig with Dr. Robert Riordan's class in 1993.

Williamson Mound - Indian Mound Reserve, Archaeology Dig with Dr. Robert Riordan's class in 1993.

The Williamson Mound located at the Indian Mound Reserve in Cedarville, Ohio, is one of the most well-known ancient monuments along the I-70 corridor of Ohio.
Massie's Creek running through Indian Mound Reserve.
This large mound is situated in a grassy field near Massie’s Creek. It was described in 1881 as being about "forty feet high and one hundred and fifty feet in circumference. It is perfectly oval in form…..

From its summit can be seen a distance of several miles in every direction. The construction has been attributed to the Mound Builders who surely constructed it as a watchtower.” (Dills, 537).

However, more recently, archaeological studies have concluded that it was constructed as a burial mound by the people of the Adena culture.

There is also the Kinsey Mound, located northeast of Xenia. This earthwork is also believed to be a burial mound. Although smaller than the Williamson Mound, the Kinsey Mound has been well preserved and is in wonderful condition.
                              Kinsey Mound - Kinsey Mound Preserve

If you have a chance in the next couple of weeks, head out to some of these incredible earthworks that dot our county. They are incredible ancient man-made structures.

Until Next Time!

This Week's Trivia Question: What U.S. state has some of the most spectacular archaeological sites and artifacts in North America?

Answer to Last Week's Trivia Question: Columbus & Xenia Railroad later became part of what railroad company? Answer: PRR's Pittsburgh to St. Louis mainline.

Broadstone, M.A. History of Greene County. B.F. Bowen & Company, 1918.

Dills, R.S. History of Greene County. Odell & Mayer Publishers,


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