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

News/Upcoming Events

  • SITE IS CLOSED TODAY DUE TO FLOODS. Please accept our apologies. We will re-open starting Saturday, September 22nd. STAY SAFE.

  • September 22:
    Under the Stars

    Saturday, 7 pm to 9 pm
    Join us for an evening beneath one of the last great dark sky sites in the North Carolina piedmont, and bask in the glory of the Milky Way. We will start in the auditorium with our "What's Up?!" presentation with information about what to see in the sky that night and a little of the folklore associated with it. Site telescopes will be available, or bring your own to view Saturn, Mars, & the moon. Chairs and blankets welcome. Free, registration required at

  • October 20:
    Archaeology Day

    Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm
    Join in a global celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery during International Archaeology Day. Hands-on activities showcasing techniques and skills employed by archaeologists will be available throughout the day and the North Carolina Archaeological Society ( ) will be here with membership info and offering to identify your artifacts! Throw an Atlatl spear, experience the excitement of excavation by carefully extracting chocolate chips from a cookie, produce a souvenir clay pot or cord bracelet using the same methods as the Pee Dee Culture, participate in sand art stratigraphy, and other experimental activities! This program is being offered in conjunction with Ten Days of Uwharrie, North Carolina's Official Outdoor Festival, and is free, and open to the public.

  • Stay tuned for upcoming events . . .

View NC DNCR Upcoming Events Calendar

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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