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"A BRIEF HISTORY OF PALMYRA" by Bob Lowe
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The community of Palmyra gratefully acknowledges the contribution of this history from resident Bob Lowe. This history is used with Mr. Lowe's permission and all rights are his. Under no circumstances is this history to be downloaded, copied, or in any way reproduced without specific written permission from Mr. Lowe.
© 1998 Bob Lowe

Ancient Times
According to climatologists, the Wisconsin Ice Advance, 15 to 10,000 years ago, covered what is now Wayne County with an ice pack about 5,000 feet thick. As a result of the progression and recession of the action, Wayne County contains a number of unique hills call drumlins; for example, Prospect Hill in Palmyra and Hill Cumorah are among the numerous drumlins in our area.

According to anthropologists, Wayne County was occupied by a civilization called the Adena culture from approximately 1000 BC to 250 AD with an overlapping Hopewellian culture from approximately 500 BC to 750 AD with the climax period being 100 BC through 200AD. Near the end of the Hopewell period or shortly thereafter, the Woodland Indian culture represented in our area by the Iroquois came into prominence. It was with the latter that our early settlers met as they moved into what is now Wayne County.

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