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The largest mound at Mound Bottom, in a picture taken from nearby Mace Bluff. The mounds are only accessible by ranger-led tour.

Celebrate the Great Mound of Mound Bottom in Tennessee

ICTMN Staff
6/22/12

In observance of National Sacred Places Prayer Days, a Muscogee “Creek” Citizens Gathering will take place on Saturday, June 23, at 10 a.m., at The Great Mound, Mound Bottom archaeological site in Cheatham County, Tennessee.

“This gathering will be ceremonial to honor and lift up the Mound,” said Melba Checote-Eads, Muscogee, organizer of the gathering, in a press release. “We will observe a day of prayer, singing, gifting and feasting at Mound Bottom, as is Muscogee tradition. Water will be furnished by Muscogee citizens.”

Mound Bottom is located in Cheatham County along the horseshoe bend of the Harpeth River. Mound Bottom is approximately one mile north of the point where U.S. Route 70 crosses the Harpeth River, on the outskirts of Kingston Springs, Tennessee.

Mound Bottom’s origins likely began as a ceremonial meeting place around 950 AD, eventually growing into a fortified city with thousands of inhabitants. The complex is believed to have included hundreds of houses surrounded by an earthen wall that was topped with a palisade of upright logs. The flat-topped embankment that dominates the view from Mace Bluff is the Great Mound, which stands 25-feet tall and 47 square feet in area; the remains of an earthen ramp leading from the plaza to the top of this Mound can still be seen.

The site was part of a vast trade network that extended north to the Great Lakes area, south to the Gulf Coast region and east to the Appalachian Mountains.

Checote-Eads asks people to reserve a space by calling her at 615-765-5854, to bring a bag lunch and beverage, to wear hiking boots and to meet in the picnic area.

“We will meet at the picnic area near the Harpeth River beside the Mound. We will walk one mile to the Mound and transportation will be provided for those unable to make the walk.” The group will tour the Mound at 10:00 a.m. with Ranger Gary Patterson.

There also will be a gathering at the Sellars Farm on the following day, Sunday, June 24, at 2 p.m. The Sellars Farm State Archaeological Area is located in Wilson County, off Hwy-70 left at Poplar Road, in Lebanon, Tennessee. The group will tour the Mound area and walk the path around the Mound, which is near Spring Creek, a tributary of the Cumberland River. Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch.

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