Saturday, November 10, 2012

Field Trip: Ocmulgee National Monument

While visiting family in Macon, Georgia, several weeks ago we visited the Ocmulgee National Monument, which is home to several Native American mounds.

People of the Mississippian culture inhabited this area in central Georgia circa 1,000 AD. They were farmers, and the mounds they built were used for things such as ceremonies, council meetings, and burials. Visitors can enter and view the interior of one of the council/ceremonial mounds, and this was a highlight for us.

The visitors center houses an exhibit that gives the history of the area and tribes who lived there; however, we did not spend much time there because it was such a gorgeous day, and we wanted to be outside.

Entrance to Ceremonial Mound

When the Mississippian people inhabited the area, their village was situated between 
these two mounds.

It was fun having my Dad along on a field trip!

Gorgeous views from the top of the largest mound, particularly of the wetland areas. 

In addition to the rich history of the various peoples who inhabited this area over thousands of years, the park itself is a beautiful place to hike, picnic, and enjoy nature. We saw three deer and a snapping turtle on one of the trails we took through the woods.

Ocmulgee National Monument is operated by the National Park Service and is open daily from 
9:00 am to 5:00 pm. It is closed on December 25 and January 1. Admission is free.

If you ever happen to be in Macon, Georgia, and are looking for a field trip, I highly recommend this beautiful spot.

1 comment:

  1. How cool! We have a lot of tribes from that area that were moved here to Oklahoma so there is probably a lot in common culturally there. We have some mounds, too, we are hoping to visit this year!


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