The Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks was inscribed Ohio’s first and only UNESCO World Heritage Site on September 19, 2023.
World Heritage inscription brings recognition to places of exceptional interest and value. These sites serve to honor and preserve the world’s cultural and natural heritage.
There are only about 1,000 World Heritage Sites around the globe, and the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks are just the 25th World Heritage Listing in the U.S.
Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks Sites
The National Park Service and the Ohio History Connection commemorate the inscription on Oct. 7, 8, 14 and 15 at the sites in Licking, Ross and Warren counties.
Fort Ancient Earthworks & Nature Preserve
6123 State Route 350 in Oregonia
Saturday, Oct. 7, and Sunday, Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The main program will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 7 in the South Fort picnic shelter, and programs and tours will be scheduled throughout both days. The Ohio History Connection manages Fort Ancient.
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
16062 State Route 104 in Chillicothe
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023 from noon – 4 p.m.
An official commemoration ceremony with several speakers, including Chief Glenna Wallace of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, begins at 1 p.m. For details, go to go.nps.gov/HCEceremony. The National Park Service manages Hopewell Culture National Historical Park.
The Newark Earthworks: Great Circle Earthworks and Octagon Earthworks
Great Circle Earthworks, 455 Hebron Road in Heath, and the Octagon Earthworks, 125 N. 33rd St. in Newark
Sunday, October 15, 2023 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A commemoration program will begin at 1 p.m. at the Octagon, and regular tours and speakers will be scheduled at both sites throughout the day. The Ohio History Connection manages the Newark Earthworks.
Attending the commemorations
Admission and parking are free; signs directing visitors to designated parking lots and shuttles will be posted at each location, and more details about the events will be available at hopewellearthworks.org.
About Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks
Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks is the collective name for eight monumental sites built by Native Americans between 1,600 and 2,000 years ago in what is now the state of Ohio.
Five of the earthworks sites are managed by the National Park Service, and three are managed by the Ohio History Connection.
The Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks were nominated to the UNESCO World Heritage List in January 2022 by the U.S. Department of the Interior and were inscribed by the 21 countries on the World Heritage Committee on Sept. 19 during a meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
For more information about the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, go to hopewellearthworks.org.