Independent Project for the Family

This one is for G4 and G3: Visit the Fort Island park in Fairlawn. Be sure to take your camera because you’ll need a picture of yourself at the base of the glacier mound in order to claim this free point. At the base of the mound there is an informational plaque with diagrams showing how the mound was formed. That’s where your picture must be taken.

Along the paths leading too and from the mound, are additional informational plaques. Be sure to take a moment o read each of these as the contain a wealth of information about glaciers and the history of Fort Island.

Here’s a little info about the park:

Fort Island/Griffiths Park is located at 413 Trunko Road

The Fort Island area mounds have been a special place for nearby residents for generations. Tales abound of arrowheads, of mythical battles, of silvery, whispering trees. Ancient glaciers left their marks of kame and kettle, wandering stream and shallow lake which helped to shape the landscapes. The mounds we call Fort Island and Beech Island, small hills of material left by the glaciers, rose above the water and were protected and isolated from the surrounding forest by the wetland, Ancient peoples, Paleo and Archaic Indians, left few traces. Later Woodland Indians lived nearby and harvested the rich resources of the area. Much about Fort Island’s history remains a mystery, perhaps it was used as a sacred place marked by a palisade for humans and their spirits. Later, European-Americans came to farm, the stream was dredged and the swamp drained. The peat floor of the area protected it from housing development but in 1970 the extension of Interstate 77 threatened to slice through the center of the mounds. The community rallied and the area was placed on the National Register of Historical Place in 1971. Fort Island became a Fairlawn City Park in 1991.

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Comments (2)

  1. Isabelle

    That place sounds really cool. I am sure I’ll be going there soon.

  2. Madison2

    I want to go!

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