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

    • May 3:
      Introduction to Pine Needle Weaving Workshop

      Saturday, 10am – 2pm
      Join us for an introductory workshop on learning the basics of working with pine needles! Participants will learn how to manipulate and craft needles into coasters or small mats. This is a precursor to the Pine Needle Basket Workshop. Appropriate for ages 13 and up. All supplies are provided and space is limited. $10 per person. Registration required at 910-439-6802 or

    • May 10:
      BSA Indian Lore Workshop

      Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
      Workshop for Boy Scouts interested in completing requirements to achieve the Indian Lore Merit Badge. All requirements are covered except specific activities to be completed at council meetings. Preregistration required. Workshop fee - $10. Camping available for registered participants on Friday and/or Saturday nights, camping is not required. Camping fee - $15 per tent, per night. Call 910-439-6802 or email

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.
Closed Sunday, Monday and major holidays


No admission fees. Donations are accepted

Return to top of page