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

Special Notice!

  • Town Creek is currently undergoing a renovation project that has forced the closure of the visitor center. However, the village site, nature trail, picnic area, and restrooms remain available. Since our auditorium is not open to visitors, the following link will take viewers to our orientation video, The Mystery of Town Creek, on YouTube. Please contact the site for more info.

Upcoming Events

  • May 6:
    Town Creek Under the Stars:
    Meteor Party

    Saturday, 5 pm - 12 midnight
    Join us for an evening beneath one of the last great dark sky sites in the North Carolina piedmont. Site telescopes will be available, or bring your own to observe Mars, Jupiter, and the moon, and stay up late to count shooting stars from the Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower! Registration and camping at the village site required to participate; tents only. $25 per tent to camp. Contact the Site for more information at 910-439-6802 or

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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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