THE ARC OF APPALACHIA 2016 WILDLANDS CAMPAIGN
Tract #5. Glenford Fort Earthworks! Click here to donate
Total Acres: 65 Total Cost: $460,900 Balance to Raise: $118,730
SIX separate projects totaling 861 acres – See all SIX Projects.
Whenever we can help create a new nature preserve AND save a major Native American ancient earthworks at the same time, we think it’s the best of two worlds. Glenford Fort Earthworks is a ridgetop ceremonial enclosure – its walls encircling the bluffs of a flat-topped ridge in Perry County near Buckeye Lake, east of Columbus. The property boasts a handsome Appalachian hillside of oaks and hickories that isstudded with beautiful sandstone outcroppings. The 2000 year old walls of the ridgetop enclosure are nearly intact, and made entirely of stacked stone that rise three to six feet high. The acquisition property includes a section of the wall, the main gateway, a natural and dramatic cleft in the exposed bed rock that served as a secondary gateway, and half of square mound that once stood in front of the main entrance. Although Perry County has the fifth highest number of earthworks of any county in Ohio, Glenford Fort would be the first to be preserved and open to the public. A hiking trail system is planned to open in late 2016 or early 2017. The Arc will hold the conservation easement on the property, and will donate the land to Perry County Soil & Water District, the latter serving as the site’s long term managers. Glenford Fort, Newark Earthworks, and Flint Ridge are only a few miles from each other, and composed what was likely an integrated ceremonial landscape for the Hopewell Culture Below photo of secondary gateway – courtesy of Brad Lepper, Ohio History Connection.