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

  • December 15:
    Under the Stars: Comet Watch!

    Saturday, 6:30 to 9 pm
    Join us beneath one of the last great dark sky sites in the Piedmont of NC to catch a glimpse of Comet Wirtanen 46P!
    This is a small comet with an orbital period of 5.4 years that was discovered by Carl A. Wirtanen in 1948. Comets sometimes become more spectacular to see after they have passed close to the Sun, which for this comet will be on December 12th. It is expected to reach magnitude 3, well within naked eye visibility, and the clump of ice and rock will make its closest approach to Earth on December 16th. Given the relatively close approach to the Earth, the nucleus of "46P" should appear reasonably large in the sky, but rest assured that with a minimum distance of about 7.3 million miles from the Earth, you may need a good pair of binoculars to have any personal interaction with it.
    The evening begins in the auditorium with "What's Up!", a presentation that provides information about what to look for that night and a little associated folklore. Site telescopes will be available for viewing the comet, moon, and Mars. Be sure to dress for the weather; make sure those fingers and toes are well insulated! Telescopes, blankets and chairs are welcome. Thsi event is free. Registration required at
    For questions or more information, email us at or call (910) 439-6802.

  • 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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