Sundae Fun-day at Town Creek Indian Mound

State Historic Site reopens for Sunday hours

Town Creek Indian Mound will celebrate the return of regular Sunday operational hours on Aug. 3 with ice cream sundaes.

Join staff for fun hand-on activities, games, and tours of the reconstructed village site between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Additionally, the first 50 visitors through the gate will receive a free ice cream sundae! Chappell’s Homemade Ice Cream will be on site throughout the afternoon selling “Fun-day Sundaes” to celebrate.

A Town Creek Indian Mound photo

A Town Creek Indian Mound photo

Traditionally, Town Creek had been open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each Sunday. Those hours of operation were suspended at all State Historic Sites as a cost saving measure in May 2013. Sites have now been given the opportunity to reopen and Town Creek is the first to do so.

“We’re excited to welcome the public back on Sundays,” said Site Manager Rich Thompson, “It’s important for Town Creek to be open on one of the two days each week that most families are available for recreation and travel.”

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 Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and now Sundays from 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.

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  • Pam Tyler

    i don’t see a link to share this story on facebook. Can you post it there so I can share with friends?

  • Cami

    Sounds like a great little field trip to take with the kids.

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