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

    • November 1:
      The Great Pumpkin Launch

      Saturday, 12 noon - 3 pm
      Don't throw out your Jack-o-lantern after Halloween this year…CHUNK IT! Town Creek Indian Mound will host Boy Scout Troop 81's "Great Pumpkin Launch and Hot Dog Sale" fundraiser. Troop 81 will set-up their champion trebuchet in the parking field adjacent to the site and chunk your Jack-o-lantern, or any vegetable in the 8-12 pound range, at full power! The cost for this event is $2 per chunk; all scouts in uniform chunk for $1. It is free to watch!

    • November 9 - December 20:
      Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge Exhibit

      Ahoy buckos! Visit Town Creek Indian Mound and lay ye eyes on some real pirate loot! Artifacts recovered from the wreck of Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge are on tour in North Carolina. This is your chance to see actual treasures recovered from the shipwreck site and conserved at the project lab in Greenville. This free exhibit includes a range of artifacts including weaponry, nautical tools and personal items. The exhibit also includes multimedia displays explaining how artifacts are preserved and what life was like aboard the ship. This exhibit is available during regular operating hours; Tue-Sat, 9-5 & Sun 1-5. Learn more about this exhibit, the pirate Blackbeard, and the QAR Lab at

    • November 11:
      Site Closed

      We will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day (state holiday) on Tuesday, November 11th, reopening Wednesday, November 12th on our regular schedule. "Thank You" to all veterans for your service.

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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