Fort Ancient



Museum Info

Fort Ancient

6123 St. Rt. 350
Oregonia, Ohio 45054
513–932–4421 or
Fax 513-932-4843


10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: noon-5:00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays

Please note: Fort Ancient will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday and will reopen during normal hours of operation the following business day.

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: noon–5:00 p.m.
*Closed Monday–Friday, except by appointment


$6.00 Adults
$5.00 Seniors (60+)
$5.00 Students (6–16)
Children under 6 and members are free.

Outdoor admission (no Museum access)
Members are always Free!

Managed on behalf of the Ohio History Connection


Special Events

25th Annual Fort Ancient Celebration: UPDATE


Celebration: A Gathering of Four Directions
After careful deliberation, the Dayton Society of Natural History and the Ohio History Connection have made the joint decision to discontinue the annual Celebration event at Fort Ancient. This decision was made with an eye toward the future of the site, and is based on evaluation of our primary mission of education and preservation and Fort Ancient's status as an important local, regional and national asset.

For long-time supporters, we understand that ending the Celebration is difficult news. However, we hope you understand our decision to refocus our efforts and use of limited resources. If you would like to reach out to us directly about this matter, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Have more questions about the decision to discontinue Celebration? Click here
Want to know more about plans for Fort Ancient's future? Learn more

Winter Solstice Sunrise

Sunday, December 20, 7:30 a.m.
At Fort Ancient
After fall sees to it that the leaves fall, leaving the trees bare, guests will be able to clearly view the 2000-year-old earthen walls as the sun rises on the shortest day of the year. Experience the solstice as ancient people may have done during this ceremonial moment that has been lost through time. This event is FREE to the public.


2016 Fort Ancient Lecture Series

From holy stones to prehistoric architecture, the Fort Ancient Lecture Series is the perfect way to explore a variety of archaeology-focused lectures from professionals across Ohio. All lectures in this series are free to the public.


The Newark “Holy Stones”: Science, Politics, and Religion in 19th Century Ohio

Saturday, February 6, 10:00 a.m.

Presenter: Brad Lepper, Curator of Archaeology & Archaeology/Natural History Unit Manager, Ohio History Connection


Prehistoric Architecture of the Ohio River Valley

Saturday, March 5, 10:00 a.m.

Presenter: William Kennedy, Curator of Anthropology for the Dayton Society of Natural History


I’ll Never Be Noticed on a Galloping Horse: The Occurrence of a War of 1812 Double Horse Burial at Fort Meigs, Wood County Ohio

Saturday, April 2, 10:00 a.m.

Presenter: Bill Pickard, Ohio History Connection

Past Events


Archaeology Day

Saturday, July 18, noon - 4:00 p.m.

Explore the world of archaeology with a special day at Fort Ancient that features an entire afternoon of hands-on family fun. Watch a team of archaeologists excacate a portion of the Moorehead Circle; a 200 ft. diameter cirlce of wooden posts constructed 2,000 years ago. Families will have fun learning to throw a spear with a spear thrower, test their hand-eye coordination with a game of double ball, and much, much more.

Archaeologists and geologists will be on hand from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. to assist in identifying artifacts and stone fossils, and from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. there will be a nature hike lead by Dave Woehr, an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist. Included with regular admission.

2015 Fort Ancient Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, September 26, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

High atop a bluff overlooking the Little Miami River, the Fort Ancient Bluegrass Festival will fill the 2,000-year-old earthworks with the sounds of American roots music.  This day-to-dusk music festival will offer great entertainment, craft beer, food and artisan vendors.

Online registration begins August 15. All sales are final. Leashed pets are allowed at the Festival, but must be registered and current on vaccinations. No coolers.


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Nature Photography Walk

nature photography walk

Saturday, September 13, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Learn the basics of outdoor photography from an expert as you watch demonstrations of practical techniques and enjoy a leisurely walk that will provide instant opportunities to use your new skills in the field. Bring your own camera, and learn more about picture composition and framing, choosing and capturing subjects near or far, lighting and exposure, and more. Included with regular admission.




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