Town Creek Indian Mound

Native American Culture – National Historic Landmark

Town Creek Indian Mound is an unusual phenomenon in the history of North American archaeology. Most archaeological sites are investigated for a few years and then… archaeologists move on to new locations. Where long-range research has been conducted, it has often been under several directors and different plans of research. Town Creek, situated on Little River (a tributary of the Great Pee Dee in central North Carolina), has been the focus of a consistent program of archaeological research under one director for more than half a century.

This research has contributed to scientific understanding of the original inhabitants of our continent and has provided educational opportunities for many graduate and undergraduate students in anthropology. Moreover, these contributions to science and higher education were made as the site contributed directly to public education.

Town Creek is one of the most popular State Historic Sites in North Carolina.

Leland G. Ferguson
Chair, Department of Anthropology
University of South Carolina

— from his foreword to archaeologist Joffre Lanning Coe's study, Town Creek Indian Mound: A Native American Legacy (UNC Press, 1995)

Town Creek Indian Mound

What's New

  • Town Creek video (WRAL-TV)

  • Burial Hut video

  • Upcoming Events

    • July 3:
      The museum will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday on Friday, July 3rd. The museum will re-open to the public on Saturday, July 4th.

    • July 11:
      Dr. Coe's Birthday Bash

      Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
      Celebrate the birth of "The Godfather of North Carolina Archaeology," Dr. Joffre Lanning Coe, and learn more about the science he taught and practiced. Games and activities for kids, living history demonstrations throughout the day, and a birthday sing-along with ice cream cake at 1pm. Free! Contact the site for more info, or 910-439-6802.

    • July 25:
      St. Jude 5K Fundraiser

      Saturday, 9 am - until
      Help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital change the way the world treats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases through a 5K run/walk fundraiser beginning and ending at Town Creek Indian Mound. Register here or by email at

Town Creek Indian Mound Information

Contact Us

Town Creek Indian Mound
509 Town Creek Mound Rd.
Mt. Gilead, NC 27306
Phone: (910) 439-6802
Fax: (910) 439-6441

Hours of Operation

Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays and major holidays


No admission fees. Donations are accepted

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