Sunwatch Indian Village

In the heart of Dayton, Ohio lies SunWatch Indian Village, a Smithsonian-designated site, which once housed an Incinerator. It’s a restored Native American village near West River Road. You can feel the American frontier in this sun-beamed village. It has been a family favorite since its 2002 opening. It’s located at 2301 W River Rd. Dayton, OH 44513.

Visitor can tour the archeological site as well as the replica village. Pow Wow Arbor continues to be used annually for the “Keeping the Tradition,” Pow Wow. This museum was listed on The National Register of Historic Places (in 1975) and became a National Historic Landmark (in 1990). Today, the Boonshoft Museum is responsible for running the village. It is usually open on Tuesday and Saturday.

It was found by amateur archaeologists who discovered it in the 1960s. They discovered an array of prehistoric items along the Miami River. Following the discovery of the SunWatch, excavations were started by the Boonshoft Museum of Science and Technology, also known as the Dayton Museum of Natural History. Their excavations discovered an abandoned village, stockaded houses, and astronomical alignments. They found artifacts including crawfish scales, fish pincers, uncharred wood, and crawfish needles. Another interesting location in Dayton, Ohio.

This was both a victory for local archaeologists as well as history. Although it had been nearly abandoned as a site for a water plant, sufficient evidence prevented this from happening. This site has been transformed into an interactive museum, following extensive excavations. It is possible to view pottery, artifacts, pipes and other Native American items from eight thousand years ago. Every year, the museum attracts over 22,000 visitors.

SunWatch Indian Village has a wheelchair ramp. You can find a pathway leading to the village via a paved walkway, as well as a trail that is made up of woodchips throughout the village. There is no charge for parking and it’s available to handicapped persons. While photography is permitted, you must request permission in order to photograph official documents. You may need to restrict your photography for certain events or activities. Be sure to go through the SunWatch Indian Village’s website before going.

SunWatch Indian Village entry is $7 for adults, $6 for students and seniors. Dayton Society of Natural History members receive free admission. Members of the Dayton Society of Natural History are entitled to free admission at over 300 museums throughout Dayton, OH. The museum is open during these times, so you can enjoy Indian culture without waiting in long lines. Carillon Historical Park may be an option for you next Dayton visit if your time is available.

Visit the Boonshoft Musem of Discovery and take a tour through the park. It also houses exhibits about the history and culture that shaped the region. Dayton Museum of Natural History publishes a book entitled “Incinerator Village Site”.