Arts, History, and Culture

Snake Den Mounds

Upcoming events at this historic earthwork site coming soon!

The Snake Den Mound Group is located in the uplands of Walnut Township, Pickaway County, Ohio, just west of East Ringold. The site’s peculiar name comes from the fact that in earlier times snakes in great numbers were known to hibernate there annually. When first explored by Warren Moorehead in the late 1890s, the site was described as a series of seven mounds containing extended and disarticulated skeletal remains, cremations and stone box burials. Some mounds were constructed from yellow clay and others from stone that included an odd assortment of boulders, spalls, fossils, concretions and burned rock. There was even what Moorehead described as a small concretion box recovered that contained a number of small native silver nuggets, still a unique find in Ohio archaeology.

In recent years a local support group has taken a renewed interest in the site with an ongoing research and preservation initiative. The focus of archaeology at Snake Den is no longer toward the large scale excavations of the past but rather comprehensive program of remote sensing surveys utilizing a variety of specialized instruments. This has resulted in discoveries including a perimeter wall and ditch surrounding the mound group, rows of pits, post circles and other subsurface features not visible at the surface, demonstrating that the site is much more complex than ever imagined.


Pickaway County Library - Floyd E. Younkin Branch

The Floyd E. Younkin Branch of the Pickaway County Library offers a wide variety of books, movies, magazines and video games for all ages. It also offers wifi, computers, public copy machines, knowledgeable staff and programs for all ages, including storytimes. Renovations to the facility are happening, so stop in for a before and after view.

The Pickaway County Library system owns more than 150,000 items and has access to over 4 million items through a consortium of Central Ohio libraries.  The library also provides access to over 100,000 ebooks, eaudiobooks and streaming movie titles.


Wittich's Fine Candies & Ice Cream Soda Fountain

Old-fashioned candy shop and soda fountain


Ted Lewis Museum

Explore the life and times of jazz musician an entertainer Ted Lewis, Circleville Native.


Ohio's Small Town Museum

Learn about all of the history that makes Ashville, Ohio and Pickaway County unique!


Clarke May Museum, The Clarke-May House

Located on the northeast corner of Scioto and Union Streets, this square brick structure was built in sections from the 1840s through the early 1850s by Dr. Edward Clarke, a dentist originally from Connecticut.

Explore the historic house, now maintained by the Pickaway County Historical Society, and learn about Pickaway's past.


Old Town Jail Museum

The Jail Museum includes historic items from the Ashville police department, fire department, post office and bank as well as jail cells that were constructed around 1886.  It is currently open Mondays 5-8 pm or by appointment.


Pickaway County Main Library

The Main Library is a spacious facility, offering a wide variety of materials, a children's play space, wifi, computers, storytimes, public copy machines, interesting programs for all ages and knowledgeable staff. There is also a drive-through window for easy access to pick up reserved materials.

With locations in Circleville and Ashville as well as a bookmobile, the Pickaway County Library system owns more than 150,000 items and has access to over 4 million items through a consortium of Central Ohio libraries.  The library also provides access to over 100,000 ebooks, eaudiobooks and streaming movie titles.


Tecusmseh - Outdoor Drama Theater

Located just minutes outside of Pickaway County, Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre is home to Tecumseh Outdoor Drama, which celebrates 50 years in 2022.

Witness the epic life story of the legendary Shawnee leader as he struggles to defend his sacred homelands in the Ohio country during the late 1700’s. TECUMSEH! has been labeled as one of the most mesmerizing dramas in the nation.

 


ArtsaRound Gallery

Located in a structure from Circleville's original circle, the ArtsaRound gallery showcases local artwork and also hosts events celebrating all forms of art.  This space is open on weekends, for more information visit their website.