MOUNT GILEAD — The Town Creek Indian Mound state historic site is offering area residents a chance to spend time with their grandparents and learn about local Native American history.
A Grandparents’ Day celebration is scheduled from 1-5 p.m. Sept. 7 at the historic site in southern Montgomery County near the Richmond County line.
Attendees can view and discuss artifacts from the ancient past, explore the reconstructed Native American village or take a stroll on the quarter-mile trail. Youths also can make a keepsake bracelet or clay creation as a gift to Grandma or Grandpa to commemorate the day.
Families are invited to bring a picnic lunch, and Town Creek staffers will be available to take family portraits.
“This is an opportunity to share quality family time with grandparents in a fun and educational environment,” site manager Rich Thompson said in a statement. “We’re happy to provide a setting 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 the western and southern North Carolina Piedmont, 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. The site is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. It is closed to the public Mondays and most major holidays.
The state historic site is located at 509 Town Creek Mound Road south of Mount Gilead.