Earthworks Site in Ohio Saved at Auction
A winning bid of $650,000 by a conservancy group was enough to save the last privately owned Hopewell earthworks site in Ohio from development, reports the Chillicothe Gazette.
The group, Arc of Appalachia, started raising money two weeks before the auction was held on Tuesday, March 18. The group was able to secure the 89.74-acre tract of land, under which the Junction Group lies, with its $350,000 bid. The rest of the money will come from a grant the group expects to receive.
“Obviously, we’re confident, or otherwise, we wouldn’t be bidding tonight,” Nancy Stranahan, Arc of Appalachia director, told the Chillicothe Gazette. “This is a dream come true ... but our love is to put earthworks and nature preserves together.”
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