Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park, Tallahassee

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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3.2/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park is one of the most important archaeological sites in Florida, the capital of chiefdom and ceremonial center of the Fort Walton Culture inhabited from 1050–1500. The complex originally included seven earthwork mounds, a public plaza and numerous individual village residences.One of several major mound sites in the Florida Panhandle, the park is located in northern Tallahassee, on the south shore of Lake Jackson. The complex has been managed as a Florida State Park since 1966. On May 6, 1971, the site was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places as reference number 71000241.Fort Walton cultureThe site was built and occupied between 1000 and 1500 by people of the Fort Walton culture, the southernmost expression of the Mississippian culture. The scale of the site and the number and size of the mounds indicate that this was the site of a regional chiefdom, and was thus a political and religious center. After the abandonment of the Lake Jackson site the chiefdom seat was moved to Anhaica (rediscovered in 1987 by B. Calvin Jones and located within DeSoto Site Historic State Park), where in 1539 it was visited by the Hernando de Soto entrada, who knew the residents as the historic Muskogean-speaking Apalachee people. Other related Fort Walton sites are located at Velda Mound (also a park), Cayson Mound and Village Site and Yon Mound and Village Site.
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  • Lake Jackson Mounds preserves several beautifully preserved "Fort Walton" or Mississippian-era mounds and has a beautiful nature trail that winds through the remains of a 19th century plantation farmi...  read more »
  • A bit of history tucked away just off Lake Jackson. Interesting mounds and history of the early peoples of that area. When you walk the area and see how close it was to the lake, you can get a glimpse...  read more »
  • While traveling through Tallahassee we were looking for a place to stop for lunch and go for a walk before returning to our drive. The Lake Jackson Mounds and Archeological State Park was the perfect ...  read more »
  • Peaceful area. The Park has one large pavilion and about one dozen picnic tables. There is ample parking including handicapped parking. The facility was well maintained. Take good shoes of course. There is a restroom facility and refuse bins.
  • A great, no-frills picnic and hiking area that is worth the couple hours it requires to check out. I truly enjoy the trails there, but wish there were more of them (and that the park was much larger). The picnic area is large offering both covered and uncovered options, perfect for a group-family outing with kids.
  • Nice trails and has a sense of being removed even when being so close to town. Good afternoon hike/educational trip.
  • Nice park with near a beautiful lake
  • Well worth a visit. My wife and I enjoyed experiencing the mounds, the interpretive features, and the trail. I was inspired by the grit and determination that would be required to make these mounds with the technology of the time.
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