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The Adena Culture constructed their first burial mound sometime between the years 100 and 500, but perhaps much sooner.
The site remained intact for centuries before the arrival of pioneers looking to start a new life away from Massachusetts. These original settlers, known as the Ohio Company of Associates, established a cemetery around the Great Mound in 1801, actually saving it from destruction. It’s believed that the cemetery contains more buried Revolutionary War officers than any other cemetery in the country. In 2001, the cemetery was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Know Before You Go
The Mound Cemetery is a popular attraction in Marietta. It's surrounded on all sides by well-maintained brick streets and beautiful homes. It can be accessed via Ohio State Route 7, or by using Interstate 77. The cemetery opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at dusk. Dogs are not allowed inside the cemetery.