RALEIGH (AP) — One of North Carolina’s historic sites is receiving a grant from the Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trust to enhance education and preservation activities.
The state Department of Natural and Cultural Resources says Town Creek Indian Mound in Mt. Gilead will receive a $150,000 grant to reconstruct a section of the palisade fence surrounding the site.
The site was developed and inhabited by the Pee Dee, and is the only ceremonial mound and village center of that culture in North Carolina. It’s also one of only a few mound sites in the Southeast that is open to the public.
The 55-acre site features an earthen mound with a reconstructed major temple on top, an enclosed minor temple, a mortuary hut, and a ceremonial hut all surrounded by a protective palisade fence.