Description - Finely crafted artifacts of the Hopewell Culture (200 B.C. to A.D. 500) show that highly skilled artisans used an extensive trade network east of the Rocky Mountains. The 23 burial mounds at Mound City Group and large geometric earthworks represent a major prehistoric construction effort which provides an insight into the social, ceremonial, political and economic life of the Hopewell people. Living history programs, self-guided tours, wayside exhibits, audio stations and Junior Ranger Programs offer an educational look into the past. The Historical Park is wheelchair accessible. Special events occur throughout the year celebrating Black History Month, Women's History Month , Sheep Shearing, Molding & Casting Demonstrations and much more.
- Finely crafted artifacts of the Hopewell Culture (200 B.C. to A.D. 500) show that highly skilled artisans used an extensive trade network east of the Rocky Mountains. The 23 burial mounds at Mound City Group and large geometric earthworks represent a major prehistoric construction effort which provides an insight into the social, ceremonial, political and economic life of the Hopewell people.
Recreation - The Historic Park offers living history programs and molding & casting demonstrations during summer months. Self-guided tours using park brochure, wayside exhibits and audio stations. Guided tours/educational programs available for school groups. Junior Ranger Program available at the Visitor Center. The "Little Book for Little Rangers" targets Kindergarten through fourth grade in a treasure hunt format. The Junior Ranger Program for fifth to eighth grade features a short answer booklet.
Visitor center and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Some historic structures are also accessible. Wheelchair available for use at park. All video programs are captioned for hearing impaired. Written texts of scripts for audio stations available for use by hearing impaired. Large print brochure available for visually impaired.
Special events include: Black History Month program in February; Women's History Month program in March; Sheep Shearing in May; Living History program and Molding & Casting demonstrations (June - Labor Day); Establishment Day - crafts demonstrators and charcoal burn (first weekend in August); Apple Harvest Day - crafts demonstrators and living history programs (last weekend in September); Apple Sales (September - October); "They Were What They Ate" -- 19th Century program (October); Iron Plantation Christmas in December.
Reservations for school groups or other educational groups should be made at least two weeks prior to the visit. Regular guided tours, two types of hands-on tours and self-guided tours are available. Special Use Permits can be arranged for weddings, etc. at Bethesda Church. Filming permits are arranged on an individual basis.
Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Hopewell Culture NHP area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging above 28 degrees Fahrenheit (above -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range above 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius). However, it is not unusual for summer temperatures to reach the 80's and 90's.
Philadelphia Metropolitan Area:
From the North: PA Route 422, PA Route 82 South, PA Route 724 East, PA Route 345 South.
From the East: PA Turnpike (I-76), exit 23 Downingtown, PA Route 100 North, PA Route 23 West, PA Route 345 North.
From the West: PA Turnpike (I-76), exit 22 Morgantown, PA, Route 10 South, PA Route 23 East, PA Route 345 North.