Town Creek to host Great Pumpkin Launch

MOUNT GILEAD — Don’t throw out your Jack-o-lantern after Halloween this year — chunk it!

BSAOn Saturday Nov. 1 from noon to 3 p.m., Town Creek Indian Mound will host Boy Scout Troop 81’s “Great Pumpkin Launch and Hot Dog Sale” fundraiser. Troop 81 will set-up their champion trebuchet in the parking field adjacent to the site and chunk any vegetable in the 8-12 pound range at full power!

“When is the last time you watched your pride and joy hollow squash hurtling through the air?” says Scoutmaster and Site Assistant Daniel Alexi.

The cost for this event is $2 per chunk.  All scouts in uniform chunk for $1 and new scout registration for any Montgomery County unit will be available. Scouts will also sell hot dogs for participants and spectators to enjoy. For more information on this event, please contact the site at 910-439-6802 or by email at

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 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,

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