Boy Scouts can earn Indian Lore Merit Badge

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Town Creek Indian Mount is only 1.5 miles from the Richmond County boarder, on the outskirts of Ellerbe.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Town Creek Indian Mount is only 1.5 miles from the Richmond County boarder, on the outskirts of Ellerbe.

MOUNT GILEAD — Town Creek Indian Mound will be hosting a workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 for Boy Scouts interested in completing requirements to achieve the Indian Lore Merit Badge.

All requirements will be covered except for specific activities to be completed at council meetings.

Activities during the workshop will include guided tours of the site, hunting tool demonstrations, hands-on craft activities, American Indian games, and much more.

The workshop fee will be $10 per student with preregistration required.  Camping is also available for registered participants for a fee of $15 per tent, per night.  Please contact the site at 910-439-6802 or by email at towncreek@ncdcr.gov to request a registration form and for more information.

For more than 1,000 years, American Indians farmed lands later known as North Carolina. Around A.D. 1000, a new cultural tradition arrived in the Pee Dee River Valley. Throughout Georgia, South Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and western and southern Piedmont North Carolina, inhabitants built earthen mounds for their leaders, engaged in widespread trade, supported craftspeople, and celebrated a new religion.

The mission of Town Creek is to interpret the history of the American Indians who once lived here.  The visitor center features interpretive exhibits and audiovisual displays.  A national historic landmark, Town Creek Indian Mound State Historic Site is North Carolina’s only state historic site dedicated to American Indian heritage.  Tour groups are welcome and encouraged.  The site is open Tuesday through Saturday9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.  It is closed to the public Mondays and most major holidays.

The historic site is within the Division of State Historic Sites and located at 509 Town Creek Mound Road, Mount Gilead, NC, 27306.  For more information on Town Creek, visit www.towncreekindianmound.com.

Filed in: Education, Outdoors

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