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

Upcoming Events

  • April 21:
    Under the Stars

    Saturday, 7 - 10 pm
    Join us for a Spring evening beneath one of the last great dark sky sites in the North Carolina piedmont. The event kicks off at 7pm with the auditorium presentation "What's Up?" – an introduction to the planisphere, and an overview of sights to be seen this evening. Then, beginning at 8pm, site telescopes will be available, or bring your own, to observe the waxing crescent Moon, the constellations Leo and Cancer, and the Beehive Cluster. Participants should dress for the weather, bring a blanket or chair if you like, and enjoy the last astronomy program of the season. Free, registration required.

  • May 12:
    A Stitch in Pine:
    Pine Needle Basket Workshop

    Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm
    Join us for an introductory workshop on learning the basics of working with pine needles! Participants will learn how to manipulate and craft pine needles into coasters or small mats that may be used as a basket base. Appropriate for ages 13 and up. All supplies are provided and space is limited. Registration & fee must be received by May 10th. $18.25 + $1.75 transaction fee per person($20 total). Register at the "Online Access" link or via

  • Stay tuned for upcoming events . . .

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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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