Department of Parks
“Back to the Fifties” At Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site May 19
WICKLIFFE, Ky. – Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site will take a step back to the 1950s as part of Ballard County’s “Doo Wop Days” celebration in May.
The historic site will celebrate “Back to the Fifties” on May 19 with special exhibits depicting the museum as it was in the 1950s when it was known as Ancient Buried City. Music from that era will be played and visitors will be able to play games of checkers at the welcome center.
Children under 6 years old get free admission and can bring their tricycles or little red wagons during the tour of the site. There will also be games, prizes and arts and crafts for children.
The park’s gift shop will have Davy Crockett-style raccoon skin caps for sale. Admission for the “Back to the Fifties” event is $5 for adults and the special group rate $2 for children ages 6-12. The site is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT.
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. The site includes a welcome center, gift shop and museum, along with picnic areas and a hiking trail. For information, call 270-335-3681 or visit www.parks.ky.gov
The park is located in the Wickliffe community about 30 miles west of Paducah, on Highways 51-60-62 West, near the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.
For more information about the Doo Wop Days Festival May 17-19 in Ballard County, visit www.ballardchamber.org
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