The Ohio Supreme Court will hear a country club’s appeal of orders that it provides public access to the state historical agency to ancient burial mounds.
The lower courts ruled that the Ohio History Connection can reclaim the lease for the 2,000-year-old Octagon Mounds from Moundbuilders Country Club by eminent domain.
The Ohio History Connection has leased the 134-acre property to Moundbuilders where golf has been played since 1910. The agency wants to buy back the lease and convert the property to a park to improve public access to Octagon Mounds, part of the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks proposed for nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The complex was built by the Hopewell culture between 100 and 500 CE. It was on a 206-acre site in Newark, Ohio.