Ferris Wright Park and Hopewell Earthworks: ribbon cutting!
Ferris Wright Park and Hopewell Earthworks entrance; aka- ye old homestead.
Many thanks to the City of Dublin, Ohio for its investment in preserving the history of the unique peoples that have inhabited its lands.
Sisters Kaye Myers and Joan Harless, and Dublin City officials give opening remarks for the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Ribbon is cut and bridge over Wright Creek leads public into open space area, formerly the family farm and childhood home of Kaye and Joan.
Relatives from Wright and Holder sides of the family gathered for the special day.
Wright Run Creek, at a stately September walk, courses through the park into the nearby Scioto River.
Audrey the dog takes her exercise, running through the ghost footprint of the old garage.
The family farmhouse, reconfigured to 1820’s original footprint, constructed by Joseph Ferris, the great great grandfather of Kaye and Joan.
The new footbridge at left brings visitors across the creek and onto the acreage. (photo credit to Allison)
Walt with David Wright, Joan and Kaye’s cousin.
The house is retrofitted into a historic learning lab, with educational programming soon to come.
All dolled up for her opening day.
The W/Right Women. Allison Myers Hendrixson, Kaye Holder Myers, Elizabeth Myers Gerhart, Joan Holder Harless, Stephanie Harless Smith. All direct descendants of Orpha Josephine Wright Holder.
The W/Right Women
Steve Wright and the ladies discuss history of the surrounding trees.
Elizabeth in the back garden, between the two cherry trees.
Sisters in front of the old old old pear tree whose fruit grandma preserved with a hint of clove and cinnamon. Always a special treat durning summer visits.
The not-twins rockin’ the gray twinsies.
South Side of Ferris Wright house.
The gentle breeze keeps up its reputation, probably since Adena and Hopewell eras.
The yard trees are listening. The distant trees line the Scioto river.
Everyone is standing on grandma’s tomatoes, in garden time travel.
Ladies sharing happy memories of place and family.
View from inside / center of large circle earthwork mound. The sun illuminates the southern arc of the large outer circle.
Joseph Ferris was unaware that he placed the house on the earthwork.
Still can’t see the earthwork? Peter helpfully points it out.
Peter, Allison, and Bartlebee enjoy shady breeze on the mound, opening into the neighbor’s field of soy beans.
The trees demark the center mound of the large circle earthwork. The grasses in the distance delineate the outline and center of the square earthwork. All three earthworks open to the North East.
Native Ohio grasses restore what 100 years of farming blended away.
Standing inside the ring of the square mound, facing the center mound, with the house in the distance.
Lets go inside!
Joseph Ferris, his wife, and four children lived in this one room house, the first framed home built in the area in the 1820’s. (all others were log structures)
Joseph Ferris was a carpenter, he hand-hewed this lumber.
That is a giant mortise & tenon joint with internal wooden dowel, and another protruding up high. Real men don’t need nails.
Other things real men don’t need: mortar. The original field stone foundation is hand laid and still perfectly level.
Bean field was site of flint knapping by Adena and Hopewell people visiting the ceremonial mounds.
Bucolic open-air time-capsule.
Thorn Tree. Ohio style.
In the deep fencerow, past the thorns and poison ivy vine thick as a wrist, hides the shade-loving mushrooms.
Bartlebee listening to the babel of Wright Run Creek over its limestone bedrock.
Historic Dublin Cemetery in the rain. Headstone of Orpha Josephine Wright Holder and her husband John Lowell Holder. Flowers planted annually by Joan.
Elizabeth with her grandmother’s grave in the soft Ohio rain.