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

    • August 9:
      Play in the Clay Day

      Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
      Play in a medium that's as old as dirt! See how the Pee Dee Culture utilized the clay around them. Try your hand at marking a small piece of pottery, help us daub the East Lodge walls, and witness the role "red earth" plays in building dugout canoes. Free, and open to the public.


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
Email: towncreek@ncdcr.gov

Hours of Operation

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

Admission

No admission fees. Donations are accepted


Return to top of page