Mr. Trammel was an industrail developer for about 20 years on what was a 100 acre farm off Hauk Rd. While moving some earth he uncovered marine fossils that were about 440 million years old of the ordovician period. He started letting collectors come in and collect the fossils, students etc... Soon it became known he had some of the best fossils known of the east of the Mississippi. He decided he would make it a fossil park by donating the land to be a fossil park and the story goes from there. This will be a $300,000.00 project when finished.
This new 24,000-square- foot multi-use facility opened at Sharon Woods Park in 1999. It contains a ranger station, exhibits, Nature's Niche Gift Shop, and an auditorium. Our favorite part of the Sharon Centre is the indoor children's play area, which is a great place to let the grandchildren burn off a little energy on a rainy day -and it's free.
The Sharon Center is open May - Labor Day, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
This living museum consists of 14 buildings from around southwestern Ohio which have been brought together in a village setting. They accurately convey a sense of the area's small town life before 1880. Reconstructed buildings include a two-story double-pen log house from 1804, a Greek Revival farmhouse built in the 1840's, an 1870's railroad station, and a Civil War era doctor's office, all authentically furnished. Guided tours are available seasonally.
Trammel Fossil Park is new, opened to the public on Sept. 29, 2003, but the treasure it holds is 445 million years old. That treasure is fossils - tons of them, in a 10 acre site where you are allowed to hunt and collect for yourself. The park actually looks more like a gravel pit, with just a couple of unshaded picnic tables and several interpretative displays.
Paleontologists (scientists who study ancient life through fossils) have used this superb site for years because the layers of shale and sandstone found here hold a mother lode of fossils. Geologists have classified these layers (wherever they appear in the world) as the Cincinnatian series. R.L. Trammel, a local developer who owned the property, was aware that school groups from as far away as New York made treks to this fossil rich site for study. So he decided to donate the land to the City of Sharonville for all to enjoy. Visitors may explore unsupervised, and you may take the fossils you find. There are plenty for all - just don't bring a bulldozer and a dump truck.
Perhaps the best thing in Sharonville is Sharon Woods, a 755 acre park which includes a beautiful 35 acre lake. There are hiking trails, picnic areas, concessions, fishing, boating, an 18 hole golf course, historic Heritage Village and more. The park is famous for it's ice age fossils, and it abounds with wildlife including whitetail deer, squirrel, raccoon, and fox.