Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park
Mississippian Period (850-1700AD)
Once the political and ceremonial center of the North Central region, the Lake Jackson mound site stands as a striking reminder of the rich culture of the people who occupied this area approximately 1,000 to 500 years ago. The Lake Jackson complex consists of six temple mounds, on which structures once stood, and one possible burial mound. These earthen mounds were constructed by the people of the Fort Walton Culture during the Mississippian Period. In addition to the mounds, the complex included a large village, central plaza, and surrounding farmsteads. Excavations of Lake Jackson mounds recovered artifacts showing cultural, religious (Southeastern Ceremonial Complex), and trade connections between the people of Lake Jackson and mound complexes throughout the Southeast.
Did You Know...
- The 170-acre site is the largest known Native American ceremonial center of the Fort Walton Culture; two mounds of the original seven mound complex are available for viewing
- Built during the Mississippian Period between 1000–1500 AD, this site probably served as a regional religious and political center from 1200–1500 AD
- Half-mile nature trail featuring antebellum mill ruins; interpretive kiosk; picnic area