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Angel Mounds State Historic Site, Evansville

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Angel Mounds State Historic Site is located on the Ohio River in Vanderburgh and Warrick counties in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Indiana. It is the site of a town constructed and occupied from 1100 CE to 1450 CE as one of the farthest northeastern expressions of the Mississippian culture. Just upriver of the confluence of the Green and Ohio rivers, it is located 8 miles southeast of present-day Evansville. It is administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Indiana State Museums and Historic Sites as one of 16 state museums and historic sites.In 1964 this major complex of earthworks was designated a National Historic Landmark because of its significance. It is named after the Angel family who, from the mid-19th century to 1938, owned the property on which it is located.HistoryFor thousands of years, southwestern Indiana was home to successive cultures of Native Americans, who settled near the rivers and used them for travel and trade.Beginning after 1000 CE, people of the widespread Mississippian culture built a town at this site, covering 100acre and situated on a large, terraced mound near the river. Today, Angel Mounds State Historic Site is nationally recognized as one of the best-preserved prehistoric Native American sites in the United States. It was given National Historic Landmark status as part of this recognition. This site is the most northeastern of the Mississippian culture, which had sites throughout the river valleys of the Mississippi and its tributaries, such as the Ohio River, and ranging into North Carolina and as far south as Mississippi. Continuing excavations at the site reveal new elements of the complex society.
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  • We were disappointed. The mounds have been eroded by centuries of weather and farming--so no one really knows how big/high the mounds were or even how many there may have been. There is a ton of conje...  more »
  • My wife and I toured Angel Mounds on a wet and warm day. The museum was full of dioramas but had no film clip or slide show. We were the only people there until a troop of children with chaperones arr...  more »
  • Angel Mounds is a historical Indian village site. You can take tours of the mounds built by native Indians who lived at the site near the Ohio River. A souvenir shop is available along with displays o...  more »
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  • Great trails! Good for hiking and running. Website is OK. Would like to see better trail maps, both online and maybe posted at the trail heads.
  • Great place to learn some local history. The annual Native American dance is very nice.
  • Have fun exploring how the Indians​ lived lots to do and see
  • Interesting place to visit, nice walking trails
  • Was nice to see the exhibits, kiddo loved looking at the different scenes they showed. He was a bit disappointed that some of the interactive parts were either not working, lights were not working, or just missing in general. He particularly liked the canoe- they encourage kids to sit in it while you ask guided questions- he thought that was cool. It's a bit small, but good for an hour or two to get the kids out of the car, having fun, and learning a little too. My only "hmm..." moment was when walking through the exhibit the lights kept dimming & brightening, which, when dim made it difficult to read. Kid also loved the summer house exhibit; like the canoe, it is encouraged to sit on the bench and compare/contrast it to today's bed, house, and furniture. Then outside we went to look at the reconstructed stockade, hut, and round house. The trails were not obvious to me, as this was the first time we've been there, but locals seemed to know exactly where the trails were. We didn't follow the whole trail since kiddo got bored after we saw the 3 outside structures. They have a small gift shop, and we happened to be there during an art exhibit where the proceeds go towards the site's needed repairs & monetary needs. We bought a small pumpkin painting- which surprised me because I assumed the prices would be high and the works of art would be large. But the painting was $15, which was reasonable and I felt pleased that the average Joe could buy a piece of artwork. It wasn't exclusively geared towards patronage who have $ to spend. So that was nice! The price of admission was a little high, I thought, but for a one-time visit, it was fine. Overall, I'd recommend this if you have kids 4th grade or older. Mine was a little too young to really appreciate things (2nd grade), and didn't quite want to listen to all the information I'd been reading aloud to him. This would be a good place for older teens/adults to a) learn some native/local history and b) take a walk outside along one of their 3 trails- 2k, 3k, & 5k respectively.