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

    • September 1:
      The museum is closed on Monday (Labor Day holiday) and will reopen to the public Tuesday on its regular schedule.

    • September 7:
      Grandparents Day

      Sunday, 1 - 5 pm
      We all know that you eat turkey on Thanksgiving, give cards on Valentine's Day; and watch fireworks on the fourth of July. But what does one do for Grandparents Day? Simple, take your grandparents out for a day at Town Creek Indian Mound! Bring a picnic if you like, view artifacts from the ancient past, explore the reconstructed village site, and stretch your legs on the quarter-mile nature trail. Participants will have the opportunity to make a keepsake bracelet or clay creation as a gift for their grandparents to commemorate the day. Additionally, site staff will be available to take family portraits at the village site that we'll happily email to you. It's a wonderful opportunity to create great family memories in a fun, educational environment!

    • September 20:
      Town Creek Under the Stars

      Saturday, 7 - 10 pm
      Celebrate the end of summer with a star party featuring Mercury, Mars, Saturn, and the Milky Way stretched across the sky. Site telescopes will be available for viewing these, and other, heavenly bodies, or bring your own. Admission is free. Gates open at 6:30. Contact 910-439-6802 or email for more info.

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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