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SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park

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Address: 2301 West River Road, Dayton, OH 45418-2815
Phone Number: 937-268-8199
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Lovely reconstruction of the original Indian Village from Archeological findings

Wonderful gift shop too! Lots of great events here to participate inl Pow Wows and American Indian Flute Festivals and many more throughout the year. They even have a Native... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Joy W
Dayton, Ohio, United States
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Dayton, Ohio, United States
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful gift shop too! Lots of great events here to participate inl Pow Wows and American Indian Flute Festivals and many more throughout the year. They even have a Native American garden growing there in the summer. Lovely place!

Thank Joy W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

Who knew that Dayton had such an interesting archaeological feature! Nice little museum, with an interesting little movie to start your tour. A little interesting to find, but worth the effort.

1 Thank Walkinggirls
Centerville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

Tis a fine day to visit SunWatch. We recall the "old days" when news of this discovery would not disclose the actual location. The location is central to the Greater Dayton Metropolitan area. We recommend the SunWatch tour to simply wandering around. A true Dayton treasure,and we recommend a visit to our visiting family and friends.

2 Thank SavantIII_11
Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

As someone whose visited almost all of the sites related to Native Americans in the state of Ohio, it came as a surprise to me to find SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park even existed in the Dayton area. This not so well known attraction (something I found via a travel guide) is worth the visit between a museum that recounts more... More 

Thank Paul L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

What a great place to bring older children to show them life of the Native Americans. Children learn info of this nature in school but this is a great way to see it first hand. My child is a 6th grader and was in awe over the concepts she learned. If you want an interesting place to spend about an... More 

Thank Michele H
Hebron, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

very reasonable in price. was much more than I expected. id a self tour which was very nice. Has a great museum inside before you go out to the village

1 Thank Debra Z
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

It's a small archaeological site still in the works. For $6.00 you can see a 12 minute documentary explaining the history of the Sunwatch Indians and the discovery of the site. You can also visit the museum of artifacts and walk down the trail to visit the village which was recreated.

Thank Maria del Mar D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We have read about SunWatch Village and finally decided to visit; we are so happy that we did. The very friendly and knowledgable associate suggested that we start our self-guided tour by watching a very informative 12 minute film. Next we went outside to basically walk in the footsteps of the Fort Ancient people who lived in this village 800... More 

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Hilliard, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

Oh, my. What a great site. It is truly worth saving!!!!! The excavations of this site and the results are mind blowing. Here we have an ancient tribe, who neither write or read(so there is not any written history) and were quite intelligent in surviving life 800 hundred years ago. Our Guides name was Dave and he was very thorough... More 

1 Thank Pepsi38
Mt Airy NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

Somehow the number of American Natives has always been portrayed to be several thousands but not more. Here, I learned that there were any, many more. Even some small tribes could have been several hundred, not the ten or twelve pictured in school books. Here, I learned that if a bundle of thatch is put on upside down, the roof... More 

2 Thank Gina S

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