My quest to visit all the units administered by the National Park Service recently led me to Macon, Georgia to visit Ocmulgee National Monument.
Ocmulgee was the location of an Indian village dating back thousands of years. A community first of Paleo-indians then Woodland then Mississippian. These peoples were the ancestors of the Cherokee and Creek Indians.
These ancient people were mound builders. Unfortunately, many of these areas were destroyed as 'white man' settled in the area. The central railroad constructed a rail line through a portion of one of the mounds. Some of the dirt from the mounds were used as fill dirt. Many relics and evidence of human burials were removed during these periods. In this photo, you can see the scar that was cut across the land by the railroad grade.
The day of my visit was mid-week so I was one of only a handful of visitors. It enabled me to see the site in quiet reflection. The mounds were temples, ceremonial structures, burial sites. Places that are still held sacred by Native Americans.
History amazes me.