The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


July 3, 2014

Celebrate Dr. Coe’s Birthday at Town Creek Indian Mound on July 12

Thursday, July 3, 2014 —

MOUNT GILEAD  – Come celebrate the birth of the "Godfather of North Carolina Archaeology" Dr. Joffre Lanning Coe, and learn more about the science he taught and practiced from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 12 at Town Creek Indian Mound.

Games and activities for kids as well as living history demonstrations will be offered throughout the day. And for a special treat, a birthday sing-along for Dr. Coe and ice cream cake will be served at 1 pm. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the site at 910-439-6802 or 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.  It is closed to the public Sundays and 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  

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources


The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR's mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state's history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

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