Town Creek Indian Mound, Mount Gilead

#96 of 163 in Historic Sites in North Carolina
Historic Site · Tourist Spot
Town Creek Indian Mound is a prehistoric Native American archaeological site located near present-day Mount Gilead, Montgomery County, North Carolina, in the United States. The site, whose main features are a platform mound with a surrounding village and wooden defensive palisade, was built by the Pee Dee, a South Appalachian Mississippian culture people that developed in the region as early as 980 CE. They thrived in the Pee Dee River region of North and South Carolina during the Pre-Columbian era. The Town Creek site was an important ceremonial site occupied from about 1150—1400 CE. It was abandonded for unknown reasons. It is the only ceremonial mound and village center of that culture located within North Carolina.
The Pee Dee were part of a larger complex society known for building earthwork mounds for spiritual and political purposes. They participated in a widespread network of trading that stretched from Georgia through South Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and as well as the mountain and Piedmont regions of North Carolina. The Town Creek site is not large by Mississippian standards. The earthwork mound was built over the remains of a rectangular-shaped earth lodge. The site was declared a National Historic Landmark on October 15, 1966 as reference number 66000594.
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  • It's been hard to find places to take the family during COVID-19. This state park is mostly open. The main attraction is fully open. The main building where you can watch a film about the site is...  more »
  • Have passed signs for this location for years while passing thru Candor... finally decided to make the trip. Wife and I rode out on our HD. Beautiful drive out, was an extremely hot day, but the 10...  more »
  • My first visit was in the 1960's and again 50 years later. It has changed some but I still recognized many of the site's features. They no longer have the burial remains on display.
  • Great experience in American history. A great place for the family. Nice trails and friendly staff.

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