This Amazing 13th Century Style Village Is Just An Hour Away From Columbus

A little over an hour away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Columbus, you’ll find this amazing, 13th century American Indian village and Archaeological Park.

Civilization in early America is so interesting. The Ohio region was home to several ancient peoples who left behind earthworks, as well as tools and pottery. But when it comes to seeing what life was actually like all of those years ago, no one does it better than SunWatch Indian Village.

SunWatch Indian Village is nestled along the Great Miami River in Dayton.

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Archaeological excavations in the 1970s and 80s lead to the discovery of this Fort Ancient period settlement. The village has now been partially reconstructed and acts as a unique learning experience for visitors.

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Before COVID-19 restrictions were in place, you would start your visit to the village with an introductory film in the indoor theatre. Right now, only the outdoor areas at the village are open, so you’ll be jumping right in. 

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Guests can gain a new appreciation for the 800-year-old lifestyle while walking through reconstructed buildings that have been placed in their exact, ancient locations.

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The park is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is reduced right now to $5 and kids 5 and under are free.

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In a more typical year, the park hosts many special events, including Day Camps, solstice sleepovers, archaeological fieldwork classes, and more.

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For more information about visiting SunWatch Indian Village, please visit their website here. For more information about their COVID-19 guidelines and requirements, please click here.

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