Department of Parks
Family Fun Day At Wickliffe Mounds Will Be June 16
WICKLIFFE, Ky. – Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site will be hosting its annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 16, from to
Gordon Holmes, an expert on primitive life, will show visitors how to use the blow gun, atlatl, spears, bow and arrow making and cordage. Fred Bollinger will demonstrate the ancient art of flint-knapping as he makes stone tools from flint and chert.
Native American games such as chunkey and corn toss will be available for children of all ages to play. Crafts to make and take home will include small pots made of clay, bundle bag pouches, corn shuck dolls and bead necklaces.
The archaeology station will teach children about discovering the past through surface surveys, stratigraphy and lab analysis. A junior archaeologist kit is also available for kids.
Representatives of Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will be at the park with information about Kentucky’s wildlife. “Bear on the Air” from WGKY radio will be cooking his award-winning BBQ featuring his signature dish, pigcicles. Deep fried oreo cookies will be given away for free to all kids, compliments of the City of Wickliffe.
Admission to the activities and park museum is $5 for adults, $4 for kids ages 6-12 and under age 6 are free.
Wickliffe Mounds is the archaeological site of a prehistoric Native American village of the Mississippian mound builders. Located on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi river, the village was occupied from about AD 1100 to 1350.
Besides the museum, the park also has a welcome center, gift shop, hiking trails and picnic area. For more information, call 270-335-3681.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 53 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