Windstorm Leaves Extensive Tree Damage at Great Circle Mound

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Officials with the Ohio Historical Society say the Great Circle Earthworks in Newark suffered the greatest tree damage of the society’s 75 sites statewide.

OHS Director of Facilities Management George Kane estimates 30 to 40 trees were down or tops of trees broken off at the Newark site.

Part of the Newark Earthworks State Memorial, the Great Circle mound is 1,200 feet in diameter. It was built by the Hopewell culture about 2,000 years ago.

Kane estimates the cost of clearing the trees and limbs downed Sunday by near hurricane-force winds to be $100,000. He says the Ohio Historical Society does not have the money, and if the work is done by OHS crews, it will likely be spring before it is completed. Kane says OHS will seek grant money to help with the clean-up or try to establish local partnerships.

Elsewhere in the state, Kane says a tree is leaning against the residence of the Ft. Ancient site manager. Ft. Ancient is located near Lebanon in Warren County.

Kane says a tree is leaning against a neighbor’s tree at the birthplace of Ulysses S. Grant in Point Pleasant in Clermont County.

At the Ohio Village in Columbus, Kane says high winds damaged the roofs of three buildings.