Adena Mound is the largest conical mound in the state. The mound is located on Mound Circle in the Enon neighborhood. Staff photo

Signs reveal Enon history to newcomers

People waiting for the Enon Memorial Day parade on Sunday will have two new informational signs to check out. These two colorful markers have been set up in the village by the Enon Community Historical Society.

Information signs are so welcoming to visitors and folks who weren’t raised in the community. As we moved all over the country with the Navy, we always appreciated towns that put up signs like this. In a way an information sign is like a friendly handshake and introduction.

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These markers seem to say, “Happy to see you. Let us tell you who we are.”

Although the longtime residents know all the particulars of Enon history, the rest of us can stand in front of the gazebo at Settlers Park at the corner of Main and Xenia streets and learn interesting facts of Enon’s past.

After all, how many of you know that Gus Grissom, one of the original astronauts, was living in Enon when he was selected to be an astronaut? That is just one of the fun facts.

Around the gazebo, trees and a park bench are dedicated to recently deceased members of the community. It’s a beautiful place for memorials and keeps their memories in the geographical heart of the town.

The second Enon Community Historical Society information sign has been set next to the bronze historical marker in front of the Enon Adena Mound.

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Every person who sees that giant pile of topsoil has questions. Of course they want to know the dimensions, etc., but this sign also tells stories about the mound and its place in our history. The mound is located across the street from the home of the historical society, which was Enon’s original library. There are parking places there for a mound visit.

A few years ago the Medway Historical Society placed informational signs at the park in the middle of town. Those information signs and kiosk were terrific telling a fairly new neighbor like me (I’ve been living here only 25 years) all about the Interurban railway, which was so important to this end of Clark County around 100 years ago. It also mentioned local farms and people. I still enjoy reading these markers that are located in the heart of Medway at the corner of Spangler Road and Lower Valley Pike. Parking is also quite convenient there.

As we remember the past on this Memorial Day, we need to thank our historical societies who work to remind us of our local history in so many ways.

Have a safe and beautiful Memorial Day weekend.

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