Worthington's prehistoric Jeffers Mound is getting some preservation work, and a fund has been set up to help the Worthington Historical Society pay for the project.
The society owns the mound, which is on Plesenton Drive, off Olentangy River Road and just north of West Dublin-Granville Road.
The mound is all that is left of a larger complex of earthworks that once occupied much of the surrounding area. It was built by Hopewell Indians between 100 B.C. and 400 A.D., though archeologists say they have found signs of human habitation there dating back to 8,000 B.C.
The preservation project began this past spring with the clearing of brush and undergrowth, including invasive species like honeysuckle.
The next step is to remove dead, dying and diseased trees. This phase of the project will be done over the winter months, when the ground is frozen, to prevent damage to the mound.
Long-term plans call for planting native species of ground cover on the mound to allow the shape to be visible and to prevent the regrowth of invasive plants.
The historical society has established "The Friends of the Mound" to collect money for both the restoration and continued maintenance of the mound. The goal of the initial fundraising done over summer was $7,500. Community members have donated about two-thirds of that amount, according to society spokesperson Kate LaLonde.
Donations should be sent to WHS, 50 W. New England Ave., Worthington, 43085. Donors are asked to designate the Friends of the Mound fund.