COME EXPLORE ONE OF THE “Wonders of the Ancient World,” Saturday, May 21st
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The spring trek to the Glenford Native American Fort is coming up Saturday, May 21st
from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. While this Hopewell-Adena site was listed on the National
Register of Historic Places in 1975, it has been rarely seen by the general public.
More info after the break…
The Historical Society of Perry County and property owner Elizabeth Cooperrider are
hosting a walking tour of the fort for people that would like to experience Ohio’s ancient
past. The Glenford Stone Fort has been well known to archaeologists for nearly two
hundred years as one of the best examples of a fortified hilltop enclosure in the state. The
fort consists of a mile-long stone wall that traces the perimeter of a hill enclosing the flat
hill top area, which encompasses 26 acres and a stone mound in the center approximately
100 ft in circumference and 11 feet high. The following quotations from scholarly works
help explain the fort’s importance to Ohio archaeology:
“A “fortification” known as the Glenford Stone Fort, is one of the most interesting and
important hill-top enclosures, because of its admirable location and the fact that its
remains are still sufficient for its form to be easily traced and its construction to be
understood”. 1908 by Emilius Oviatt Randall, Ohio Historical Society in “The
Masterpieces of the Ohio Mound Builders”.
“Glenford Fort owes its remarkable state of preservation to having been in the hands of
one family for close to two hundred years…the wall is probably much the same as it looked
when Atwater first laid eyes on it in 1818.” 2008 by Norman Muller in “Glenford Stone
“Fort” and Other Stone Construction in Ohio and Beyond.”
The walk begins at the Cooperrider farmstead at the foot of the Glenford Stone Fort Hill
and passes through a beautiful mature growth forest before ascending to the plateau. After
exploring the perimeter wall and the central ceremonial mound, the group will witness a
Native American spirit welcoming ceremony.
The Somerset Boy Scout troop will be camping at the fort the night before and preparing a
campsite where visitors will be able to enjoy lunch featuring a Native American stew
cooked over an open fire. After lunch our guest lecturer will be Dr. Bradley Lepper. He is
the Curator of Archaeology at the Ohio Historical Society. He will be giving us insights
into the people and their culture that created this significant place.
The walk to the hill-top takes about 45 minutes. For anyone that’s handicapped, we’ll have
volunteers taking people up to the fort on a gator.
Directions to the Cooperrider farm from Somerset are: Take St. Rt. 757 from Somerset
towards Glenford. About a mile before you reach Glenford turn right on Township Rd 19.
The Cooperrider farm is the first farm on the right; their two story house sits at the base of
the hill. Park carefully along the gravel road so as not to block traffic.
The walk is limited to 200 people, so make your reservations early. Cost is $10 per adult
including lunch, children free. Proceeds will be used to further the society’s efforts at
preserving the fort and the event is made possible by support from the Ohio Arts Council.
For reservations e-mail the Historical Society of Perry County website at
email@example.com or call Tom Johnson (740) 743-1374 prior to the day. The event
will be held rain or shine, so wear comfortable shoes!
Sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council & Historical Society of Perry County.