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Wapello Land & Water Reserve

8642 IL Rt. 84 S.
Hanover IL 61041
Local: 815.858.9100


This property has been transformed from an agricultural field back into a native short grass prairie filled with native grasses and wildflowers. The site was once home to Woodland and Mississippian Native Americans and was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places due to evidence found there that shows these two cultures meshed and formed a new society.

A new parking lot and kiosk now greet visitors and a series of mowed trails takes them to sites along the Apple River, as well as the remains of a Native American village.

Sun., Nov. 13
“The Archaeology of the Wapello Addition in Highlighting the Importance of Native American Histories, locally.” Presentation by Phil Millhouse, Red Gates Archaeology, and Tim Horsley, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, Northern Illinois University, to learn about the results of the archaeological survey conducted at the addition to the Wapello Reserve in 2015.  It was during this survey that an eighth-grade River Ridge student discovered a 12,000-year-old arrowhead, the oldest artifact ever recovered at the site.
Local artifact collections will also be on hand. For more information, e-mail info@jdcf.org or call 815.858.9100.
Where: Hanover Township Park Distrct Buliding.
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: Free. RSVPs are not required.

-Follow U.S. 20 to U.S. 84 S.
-Travel through downtown Hanover to the Reserve parking lot just past the Native Arbor Nursery on the west side of U.S. 84.

More Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation 
-Galena Gateway Park.
-Buehler Preserve.
-Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve.
-Horseshoe Mound.
-Schurmeier Teaching Forest.