Hueston Woods was named after Matthew Hueston who was awarded the land for his military services. He & his family preserved more than 200 acres of this forested area. His land was aquired by the state of Ohio in 1947. The land was cleared & the 625 acre lake was constructed by a chain gang of honor status prison inmates,
Rumor has it that these imates were treated very badly & that there may have been deaths as a result. The prison camp now serves as the park administration offices & nature center.
The Adena Indians (mound biulders) also lived in this area in 500 B.C. - 400 A.D. & built several ceremonial mounds there. after the Adena indians disappeared, the Miami natives settled in & started a trading post & village on what is now park grounds.
It's said that if you watch closely, you will see flashing lights that are not fireflies, but may actually be the torches of Chief Little Turtle's warriors. Rumor has it that the kitchen area & parts of the lodge are also haunted.
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