Summer Solstice Observance Set for Frank’s Hill

MUSCODA, WI (Ben Caxton) — If you’re looking for a place to watch the sunset on the longest day of the year, the Three Eagle’s Foundation has you covered. The public is invited to head on over to Frank’s Hill in southern Richland County to for a celebration of the summer solstice. The official start of summer this year occurs at 10:54 AM next Friday, June 21st. The site provides not just a great sunrise and sunset view but is also known for its stargazing opportunities at night. On the solstice, the Three Eagles Foundation will provide a guided tour if weather permits. Frank’s Hill is a small knoll peppered with effigy mounds that offers a commanding view of the lower Wisconsin River valley. The neighboring ridge to the west contains a group of small conical mounds thought to be calendar mounds that track the setting sun from May 1st to the summer solstice and back. Participants are encouraged to arrive by 7:30 p.m. to have time to walk around the mounds and should be there by 8:00 to enjoy the sunset. Those attending should bring chairs or blankets – and insect repellant. Also, feel free to bring a telescope or good set of binoculars and a camera. To get to Frank’s Hill from the north end of the Muscoda bridge at the intersection of State Highways 80 & 60, drive west on Highway 60 for two miles and turn north on State Highway 193. Park by the first gate on the east side of the road and walk to the top of the hill. Anyone who can’t make it for the June 21st event is welcome to visit the site at another time.

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