Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park (formerly Ocmulgee National Monument) in present-day 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. Present-day 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 as an national historical park in 2019.
Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park reviews
When you see the history that has occurred at this location, you will be amazed. From centuries of Native Americans living here to a the remains of a trading post and then two battles from the... more »
Very helpful park ranger explaining everything. Easy 1 mile walk to see two of the mounds. Nice interpretive presentation in the visitor center. more »
Very interesting place to visit. The rich history of the indigenous peoples of this region is something so significant and I appreciate the preservation of this national park. Walking through the visitor center is a very memorable experience. I highly recommend anyone who may be in the Macon area to make a point of going to see these mounds.
Driving back to Florida and looking for something on the way home. Had no clue about this place before we stopped. It was interesting and informative. You can do a quick visit or take your time and look at things in more detail. Free!
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