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Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park (formerly Ocmulgee National Monument) in Macon, Georgia, United States preserves traces of over ten millennia of culture from the Native Americans in the Southeastern Woodlands. Its chief remains are major earthworks built before 1000 CE by the South Appalachian Mississippian culture (a regional variation of the Mississippian culture.) These include the Great Temple and other ceremonial mounds, a burial mound, and defensive trenches. They represented highly skilled engineering techniques and soil knowledge, and the organization of many laborers. The site has evidence of "12,000 years of continuous human habitation." The 3,336-acre (13.50 km2) park is located on the east bank of the Ocmulgee River. Macon, Georgia developed around the site after the United States built Fort Benjamin Hawkins nearby in 1806 to support trading with Native Americans.Use our Macon trip itinerary maker app to arrange your visit to Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park and other attractions in Macon.
For thousands of years, succeeding cultures of prehistoric indigenous peoples had settled on what is called the Macon Plateau at the Fall Line, where the rolling hills of the Piedmont met the Atlantic coastal plain. The monument designation included the Lamar Mounds and Village Site, located downriver about three miles (4.8 km) from Macon. The site was designated for federal protection by the National Park Service (NPS) in 1934, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966, and redesignated in 2019 as a national historical park.
Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park reviews
We had a short overnight in Macon to break up a long drive, and decided to visit this place for about an hour and a half. Wished we'd had more time! We had no idea that there was evidence of native...
We had a short overnight in Macon to break up a long drive, and decided to visit this place for about an hour and a half. Wished we'd had more time! We had no idea that there was evidence of native... more »
This was worth the Stop. We came sometime last year and it was closed due to covid but it’s open now. Definitely start at the visitor center and watch the video as well as tour the museum before...
This was worth the Stop. We came sometime last year and it was closed due to covid but it’s open now. Definitely start at the visitor center and watch the video as well as tour the museum before... more »
What a beautiful location. There is so much human history here. The mounds were beautiful to see and took ones breath away to think about what humans were able to accomplish so long ago. Great place not just to learn history but to walk and hike the grounds. Very well kept.
Staff were friendly and helpful. The on-demand video was very informative, and there is a great set of displays that cover the history of the site. I'm not convinced the distances to various locations on the signposts are accurate, but we really appreciated getting into the one mound, and being able to walk the property and up onto the greater temple mound.
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