Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park, Macon

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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 "17,000 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.

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.

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  • I was always curious to check out this park. This park was free to visit and the staff was very nice. The park’s operating hours were not the easiest for me to accommodate, but I found an hour to... 
    I was always curious to check out this park. This park was free to visit and the staff was very nice. The park’s operating hours were not the easiest for me to accommodate, but I found an hour to...  more »
  • Very cool place especially if you think about the history and how old this place is. Very good information center and an easy walk to the Mounds. There is a mix of Native American Culture and... 
    Very cool place especially if you think about the history and how old this place is. Very good information center and an easy walk to the Mounds. There is a mix of Native American Culture and...  more »
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  • Only was able to get a quick visit in. Will definitely come back! The welcome center has a lot of interesting artifacts and history of the area. Well done! This site has an earthen mound that you can walk into (it is not handicap accessible, and tall individuals must have the ability to bend low to enter). Take a picnic because this could be a great outdoor experience all day. Enjoy!
  • This is an amazing site. Luckily when I went, the weather was beautiful. It's amazing to see what was created by human hands. These huge mounds were literally made by people dumping basketful after basketful of dirt. The view from the top of the Great Mound is breathtaking. I'd suggest starting with the 20 min video at the visitor's center. It gives you a great knowledge-base for what you see in along the trails.

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