Celebrate Grandparents Day at Town Creek Indian Mound

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.

We all know that you eat turkey on Thanksgiving, give cards on Valentine’s Day; and watch fireworks on the fourth of July.

But what does one do for Grandparents Day? Simple, take your grandparents out for a day at an historic site or museum!

Join Town Creek as we celebrate Grandparents Day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7. Bring a picnic if you like, view artifacts from the ancient past, explore the reconstructed village site, and stretch your legs on the quarter-mile nature trail. Participants will have the opportunity to make a keepsake bracelet or clay creation as a gift for their grandparents to commemorate the day. Additionally, site staff will be available to take family portraits at the village site that we’ll happily email to you.

“This is a great opportunity to share quality family time with our grandparents in a fun and educational environment” said Site Manager Rich Thompson. “We’re happy to provide a venue for the creation of fond family memories.”

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.  For more information on Town Creek, visit www.towncreekindianmound.com.

 

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