Ocmulgee National Historic Park

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Ocmulgee National Historic Park

Ocmulgee National Historic Park 1600 1000 Macon Music Trail

The Earliest Evidence of Macon’s Music Scene.

Legend has it that Macon’s illustrious music history dates back to ancient times. With 17,000 years of continuous human habitation as proven at this prehistoric American Indian site, the sacred burial mounds indeed hold this history. Visit the newly designated National Historic Park for an archeological study of where Macon’s sacred music connection comes from.

The Ocmulgee National Historical Park is a prehistoric American Indian site, where American Indians first came during the Paleo-Indian period hunting Ice Age mammals. Many different American Indian cultures occupied this land for thousands of years. Around 900 CE, the Mississippian Period began. They constructed mounds for their elite, which remain today as evidence of their sacred connection to the land and ritual. This included the earliest sounds of music being made in a region that would be later known as Macon.

Explore the museum with over 2,000 artifacts and watch an informative orientation film. After exploring the museum, venture outdoors to see the Earth Lodge with its original floors that are dated to 1015. Hike through a number of trails located at the park. Pack a family picnic to enjoy on the grounds’ shaded picnic tables. Discover why Macon is where history lives.

The park’s 702 acres is expanding to 2,800 acres as a newly designated National Park and includes fields, forests and wetlands located along Walnut Creek and the Ocmulgee River. The Ocmulgee Wetlands allows visitors a glimpse into an ecosystem including birds, animal, reptiles and plants. Immerse yourself in the wetlands environment by taking a stroll on the park’s boardwalk.

During the third weekend in September, attend the Ocmulgee Indian Celebration, one of the largest Native American gatherings in the Southeast, as more than 200 craftsmen, dancers, storytellers and living history demonstrators come together and share their culture with visitors. Other special events include lantern light tours.

About the Surrounding Geography.

The Ocmulgee National Historical Park is located just outside of Downtown Macon. It is adjacent to the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail, where trail users have been able to access a side gate to the Ocmulgee National Historical Park by using the sidewalks along Coliseum Drive and then walking down Clinton Street, where pedestrians and cyclists are encouraged.

The Clinton Street entrance of the Ocmulgee National Historical Park is part of the Mill Hill East Arts Village Neighborhood. The Mill Hill Community Arts Center  is an historic 1920’s gathering space that has been transformed into a contemporary version of the original Bibb Mill Auditorium. Serving as the centerpiece of the Mill Hill East Macon Arts Village, the 7,000-square-foot facility has undergone a $1.6 million restoration, highlighting original architectural elements and features state of the art sound, lighting, and video capabilities.