Picturing history: Zion's Camp, Enon, Ohio

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 4 2012 5:00 a.m. MST

In Enon there is a Native American burial site known as the Adena Mound, one of many such sites in the general region. The community of Enon has identified and preserved the site. This canonical mound is the second largest of many other such burial sites in Ohio.

Kenneth Mays

On Friday, May 16, 1834, the members of Zion's Camp passed close to the town of Enon, Clark County, Ohio. It was near here that the Prophet felt depressed in spirit and commented that they were near a site where there had been much bloodshed. According to Joseph Smith's published history, he said on this occasion, "that whenever a man of God is in a place where many have been killed, he will feel lonesome and unpleasant, and his spirits will sink." In Enon there is a Native American burial site known as the Adena Mound, one of many such sites in the general region. It is very close to where Joseph had those depressing feelings. The community of Enon has identified and preserved the site. This canonical mound is the second largest of many other such burial sites in Ohio.

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