Department of Parks
Fall Family Weekends at Wickliffe Mounds in October
WICKLIFFE, Ky. – Weekends during October will be special at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site.
Kids of all ages get in free with paid adult admission of $5 on Saturday and Sunday in October. This offer is limited to three kids free per one paid adult. (Not available with the buy one, get one free coupon.)
Guests can see the Lifeways Museum exhibit of an excavated mound, artifacts on display, and hands-on stations featuring the activities of primitive technology, archaeology and the environment. New this fall is a storytelling area and sifting for replica “artifacts.”
Families may want to hike the Woods Walk Trail, climb the ceremonial mound and have lunch in the picnic area.
Another special event during October is National Archaeology Day, Oct. 20. The park will have free archaeology-themed posters to give away to the first 15 visitors, along with a presentation of scenes from an archaeological field school.
National Archaeology Day is a celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery. Every October, the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and archaeological organizations across the United States, including Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site, present archaeological programs and activities. Whether it is a family-friendly archaeology fair, a guided tour of a local archaeological site, a simulated dig, a lecture from an archaeologist, the interactive, hands-on National Archaeology Day programs provide the chance to indulge your inner Indiana Jones. Find out more at http://www.archaeological.org/NAD/about
October 2012, marks the 80th anniversary of Wickliffe Mounds as an archaeological park and tourist attraction. First excavated by Fain King in 1932, the mounds were developed in to a public museum. The site still features the excavation areas, artifacts and exhibits about the Native Americans who once occupied the site nearly 900 years ago, although the human remains have been reburied in their original burial mound with new interpretive information for visitors.
Wickliffe Mounds is an archaeological site of a Native American village of the Mississippian culture. The park features a museum, mounds, walking trail, picnic area, visitor center with tourism information and a gift shop. Open Wednesday through Sunday, the park is located along the Mississippi River’s Great River Road National Scenic Byway, at 94 Green St. (Highway 51-60-62), Wickliffe, Ky. For more information call 270-335-3681, email email@example.com or visit our website at www.parks.ky.gov.