Department of Parks
Wickliffe Mounds Hosts Bow-Building Workshop
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Native Americans of the Mississippian culture at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site left behind many of their stone and bone arrow heads, evidence that they used a bow and arrow for hunting; some of these implements are on display in the museum.
Participants in a special workshop on April 8 and 9 will be able to build their own eastern woodlands style longbows instructed by primitive life ways specialist Gordon Holmes. This will be the eighth year that Holmes has taught the class on bow-making at Wickliffe Mounds. Workshop begins Saturday at and ends on Sunday at Visitors to the park will be able to see first hand how these bows are made from hickory wood or Osage orange staves. For anyone interested in taking the workshop, camping is available on Saturday night. Camping rules apply for primitive sites.
Tools for bow building and one stave per participant will be provided, but bring your own camping gear. Registration for the workshop is $80; please call the park office for availability at 1-270-335-3681. General admission provides visitors access to the museum and the bow building area.
Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site is located at 94 Green Street, Highway 51/60, at Wickliffe in Ballard County. Wickliffe Mounds is open April through October from to . Admission fees are $5 for adults, and $4 for kids age 6-12. Group rates and guided tours available by appointment.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 52 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov