Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park, Tallahassee

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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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  • If you are looking for historical text and artifacts, visit the nearby San Luis. This site is undisturbed burial mounds in a peaceful N. FL setting. I wouldn't recommend this as an "attraction" for vi...  more »
  • Love the site interpretation; cool history and a beautiful peaceful place. Could use more visible staff but understand budget restrictions.  more »
  • This is not the best place to go to during spring and summer well because of bugs, humidity and heat. The historical significance although nice is barely on display. Clearly the budget for the park is...  more »
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  • Awesome climate in the woods. Old florida stuff yo
  • $3 admission fee (honor code) feels kind of high for the quality of a park
  • The mounds were not as exciting as they seemed they would be and there is no trail to the mounds so there are bugs and ants everywhere. Still it was a cool experience to be on top of the mounds, just a little underwhelming.
  • This is a lovely historical area in Tallahassee. There are some archeological significant mounds with information posted. I also love the nature trails.
  • Pretty rad. The trees were within range of acceptability, and I enjoyed the hike. Would recommend. 4/10.

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