Serpent Mound reopens after fire

Photo of the charred maintenance building at the Serpent Mound. Submitted by Tom Cross.

Updated: July 5th, 2018  – Serpent Mound is now reopened.

Officials say a fire has led to the closure of an Adams County landmark until further notice.

According to Executive Director of Adams County Travel & Visitors Bureau, a fire occurred at a maintenance building at Serpent Mound located in Peebles on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

In a press release, Ohio History Connection stated, “We’re working in partnership with first responders to determine the details of the situation and the site will be closed through Friday, May 25, 2018 as they investigate. Our highest priority is the safety of our guests, staff and the site, and we will share more information as it becomes available.”

According to Ohio History Connection, Serpent Mound is an internationally known National Historic Landmark built by the ancient American Indian cultures of Ohio. It is an effigy mound (a mound in the shape of an animal) representing a snake with a curled tail. Nearby are three burial mounds—two created by the Adena culture (800 B.C.–A.D. 100), and one by the Fort Ancient culture (A.D. 1000–1650).


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