This stone (above photo) from the Red Oak Cemetery, Ripley, Ohio, has a common feature, the willow tree. The tree represents life, knowledge, the fall of man through sin, human fruition or frailty. Note that the branches on the right have been broken off and there is a lamb under the tree. The lamb represents innocence, indicating that this is the grave of a youngster or teenager.
This 1,348-foot-long and three-foot-high prehistoric effigy mound along Ohio Brush Creek in Adams County continues to marvel locals and visitors alike. It is one of the most impressive earthworks in North America, constructed in the shape of a snake. It was built around 1000 A.D. by the Fort Ancient culture and likely used as a place of ceremony.
Before we uncover the full meaning of Raccoon Country, it is important that we travel back in time and explore how we actually became a county in Ohio. Long before Ohio became a state in 1803, the northeast corner of the state belonged to Connecticut. In order to settle their Revolutionary War debts, Connecticut sold off all but their Ohio holdings shortly after the war.