Xenia township offers history and outdoor recreation in a beautiful setting. Here is some of Xenia history.
Indian Mound Reserve
Xenia history includes Native American mounds. Located between Cedarville and Xenia, this county park is a true treasure. Photographers love the area for stunning landscapes; hikers and picnickers enjoy the comfortable beauty. The 69-acres located along US Highway 42. It includes two Indian mounds; Williamson Mound and Pollock Works. The mound was constructed by the Adena tribe. The Pollock works are a 12-acre plateau that takes advantage of three sheer cliff faces to act as a fortress. The fourth side includes false facades, giving the Hopewell Indians a defensible area.
The park includes an 1800s vintage cabin that was part of a dowry for a local bride. It was also used by the Underground Railroad.
Cedar Cliff Falls was man-made to power a grist mill. It is still a beautiful falls and the hike and views are worth the effort. Massie Creek enters into a spectacular gorge just below the falls.
Visit in May for 125 species of Ohioan wildflowers that put on a beautiful natural show. The display includes the rare snow trillium and one of the largest grove of protected white arborvitae trees.
National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center
Located in Wilberforce, the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center chronicles African American history and culture. It took 60 years to get a national African-American museum. In 1972, the Ohio State legislature passed legislation to build a museum. In 1981, the US Congress approved the National Afro-American Museum. It built with private money and opened in 1987.
The museum is home to more than 9,000 artifacts, 350 manuscript collections, and thousands of photographs. The collection is diverse – a uniform from General Benjamin O. Davis, Sr., the first African-American to achieve the rank of general in the US military; Alex Hailey’s typewriter and draft of Roots; the papers of singer Ira Tucker; the third largest collection of African-American dolls and more.
There is a lot more to do in Xenia. We’ll take a look at some of the other places in future blogs. If you’d like to check out the homes in Xenia Township, give me a call. I’d love to show you around.
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