“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Peebles in Adams County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Serpent Mound

Serpent Mound Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2019
1. Serpent Mound Marker
Inscription.  One of North America’s most spectacular effigy mounds, Serpent Mound is a gigantic earthen sculpture representative of a snake. Built on a spur of rock overlooking Ohio Brush Creek around 1000 A.D. by the Fort Ancient culture, the earthwork was likely a place of ceremonies dedicated to a powerful serpent spirit. The site is located on the edge of a massive crater, possibly formed by the impact of a small asteroid around 300 million years ago. Frederic Ward Putman studied Serpent Mound between 1886 and 1889 Due largely to his efforts, Serpent Mound became the first privately funded archaeological preserve in the United States.
Erected 2003 by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 15-1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 0.877′ N, 83° 25.742′ W. Marker is near Peebles, Ohio, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from Ohio Route 73 west of Horner
Serpent Mound Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2019
2. Serpent Mound Marker
Chapel Road (Local Route 116), on the right when traveling west. It is at the Serpent Mount Historical Site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3850 OH-73, Peebles OH 45660, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Locust Grove (approx. 3.3 miles away); Wickerham Inn (approx. 3.6 miles away); Peebles (approx. 4.6 miles away); Sinking Spring Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.6 miles away); Governor Charles Willing Byrd (approx. 4.6 miles away); Cairn of Peace (approx. 4.7 miles away); Seaman (approx. 9.2 miles away); Adams County Mineral Springs (approx. 10.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Peebles.
Regarding Serpent Mound. The park is open from 9 a.m. to dusk year round. It opens at dawn on solstices and equinoxes. the parking fee at this writing is $8 ($4 for motorcycles). There is a museum and gift shop at the visitors center.
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry. “The dating of the design, the original construction, and the identity of the builders of the serpent effigy are three questions still debated in the disciplines of social science, including ethnology, archaeology, and anthropology. In addition, contemporary American Indians have an interest in the site. Several attributions have been entered by academic, philosophic, and Native American concerns regarding
The Great Serpent Mound image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2019
3. The Great Serpent Mound
Close up of drawing reproduced on the marker.
all three of these unknown factors of when designed, when built, and by whom.” (Submitted on June 14, 2019.) 
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The Great Serpent Mound image. Click for full size.
Eric Ewing, via Wikipedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0), July 28, 2013
4. The Great Serpent Mound
The Great Serpent Mound is a 1,348-foot-long, three-foot-high prehistoric effigy mound located on a plateau of the Serpent Mound crater along Ohio Brush Creek in Adams County, Ohio. This image was taken in July, 2013, and shows the entirety of The Great Serpent Mound located near Peebles, Ohio, United States. From left, the image shows the serpent’s triple-coiled tail, follows its writhing body northward and ends at the effigy’s open-mouthed head (in the distance at the right side of the photograph).

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 138 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 14, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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