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Indian mound restoration nears completion in Chattahoochee, Florida

Restoration of the more than 1,000 year old mound is nearing completion.

Restoration of a destroyed prehistoric Indian mound is nearing completion at River Landing Park in Chattahoochee, Florida.

The original mound was built by prehistoric Native Americans more than 1,000 years ago. Unfortunately, it was all but destroyed  when a previous owner of the property used a bulldozer to level it. The site is now owned by the City of Chattahoochee, which has been highly supportive of the effort to restore the earthwork.

A load of earth arrives for use in restoring the mound.

Work on the project began in early June and is expected to be completed by the end of this week if the weather cooperates.

The restoration is a true community project. The idea was conceived by author/historian Dale Cox who has written two books about events that took place at River Landing Park:

Nicolls’ Outpost: A War of 1812 Fort at Chattahoochee, Florida

The Scott Massacre of 1817: A Seminole War Battle in Gadsden County, Florida.

Two Egg TV has documented the restoration of the prehistoric mound and will soon release a documentary on the project.

Proceeds from the books have helped fund the placement of two historical markers at the park. One commemorates a War of 1812 British fort that once stood there and a second tells the story of the Chattahoochee Landing Mound group. A third, which details the Scott Massacre of 1817, is currently on order and will be dedicated on December 2, 2017.

Chattahoochee Main Street approved the project, which is located in the Main Street district, and helped raise funds for its completion.

The project took a massive amount of clay. It was donated by Gadsden County.

The City of Chattahoochee unanimously approved the restoration of the mound, placed a water line to the site and provided other logistical help.

Plans for the mound were prepared for free as a community service by employees of David H. Melvin, Inc. Consulting Engineers of Marianna.

Chattahoochee Councilman L.B. “Bernie” Howell has volunteered scores of hours to assist with the project and has provided enormous help in coordinating the various individuals and entities involved. He is also donating from his own pocket.

L.B. “Bernie” Howell (L) and Sean Neal (R) examine the mound at the completion of the building and compaction phase. The mound is expected to be sodded this week.

Sean Neel and his employees at Neal Contracting, LLC (850-693-0541) have donated many hours of construction work and heavy equipment use while charging only for essentials.

Robert Presnell and Gadsden County donated the clay used in restoring the main bulk of the mound.

Two Egg TV has documented the entire restoration process on video and will soon release a documentary about how the project was accomplished.

Rachael Conrad of Two Egg TV assisted in flagging the area where the reconstructed mound was built.

Original construction of the archaeologically significant Chattahoochee Landing Mound Group is believed to have begun during the Swift Creek cultural era (100-800 A.D.) and continued into the Fort Walton era (900-1500 A.D.).

The complex is thought to have included at least seven mounds, all of which served as the platforms for prehistoric structures. An eighth mound, where burials were located, once stood on the opposite side of the Apalachicola River in Jackson County but was destroyed by erosion.

To learn more about River Landing Park and its prehistoric mounds, please enjoy this free guided tour courtesy of Chattahoochee Main Street, Visit Florida and Two Egg TV:

Chattahoochee begins restoration of lost Indian mound

Dirt for the restoration next to the last remnant of a destroyed mound at River Landing Park in Chattahoochee, Florida.
Dirt for the restoration next to the last remnant of a destroyed mound at River Landing Park in Chattahoochee, Florida.

The Florida city of Chattahoochee is bringing back a lost part of its culture and landscape.

The first loads of dirt have been brought in to begin the restoration of a prehistoric Native American mound that was destroyed more than 30 years ago.

Restoration of the lost mound was recommended by Dr. Nancy White, PhD, of the University of South Florida in her archaeological survey of the note Chattahoochee Landing Mound Group. The site once included seven prehistoric platform mounds but only three remain today. The restoration project will bring back one of the destroyed mounds to create a fourth.

Work is now underway to restore one of the lost mounds at River Landing Park.
Work is now underway to restore one of the lost mounds at River Landing Park.

The project was organized by Chattahoochee Main Street, the City of Chattahochee and Old Kitchen Media (parent company of Two Egg TV). Design work for the project was donated by David H. Melvin, Inc. Consulting Engineers of Marianna.

The site of the lost mound was relocated and its design was determined from the descriptions of local residents who remember seeing it prior to its destruction. The mound was on private property when it was destroyed, but the site is now on public lands.

The purpose of the project is to restore one of the mounds to its original shape so it can be used as a display and interpretive station where visitors can learn about the mounds, their purpose and their configuration.

A wider view of the restoration site. The mound will be used as an interpretive exhibit.
A wider view of the restoration site. The mound will be used as an interpretive exhibit.

The only surviving part of the original mound is a section held in place by the roots of a tree. That section will be surrounded by a special fabric so future researchers can distinguish the original from the restoration. The rest of the mound will then be restored around it.

Researchers believe that the construction of the mounds began during the Swift Creek era. This culture dates back to the around the 100 A.D. in the area.  Georgia’s  Kolomoki Mounds and Florida’s Crystal River site also date from this time period.

The Chattahoochee Landing Mound Group remained in use through the middle Fort Walton time period before being abandoned somewhere around 1,000-1,200 A.D.

One of the three surviving mounds at River Landing Park in Chattahoochee, Florida.
One of the three surviving mounds at River Landing Park in Chattahoochee, Florida.

The seven mounds are believed to have been platform mounds, meaning they were used as bases or platforms for important homes or ceremonial structures. Associated village areas were located north and south of the mounds, as well as across the river.

The restoration project will take several months to complete and most of its cost is being funded through donations. If you would like to help with a donation, please contact Chattahoochee Main Street at (850) 663-2323 or (623) 249-0076. You can also reach them by email at info@chattahoocheemainstreet.org.

The City of Chattahoochee and Gadsden County are providing labor, dirt and other assistance.

To learn more about River Landing Park, site of the Chattahoochee Landing Mound Group, please enjoy this video from Chattahoochee Main Street, Visit Florida and Two Egg TV:

          

 

 

Weeping Ridge Falls at Torreya State Park in Liberty County, Florida

WeepingRidge304x237Florida may not be known for waterfalls but some real jewels are tucked away in the northern part of the state.

Weeping Ridge Falls are often overlooked by visitors to stunning Torreya State Park, but the small waterfall was very pretty when we stopped by for a look today!

Enjoy this video visit to the falls then be sure to scroll down for photos and more information about the Weeping Ridge Trail and Falls:

Trailhead sign for the Weeping Ridge Trail at Torreya State Park in LIberty County, Florida.
Trailhead sign for the Weeping Ridge Trail at Torreya State Park in LIberty County, Florida.
Weeping Ridge Trail begins high atop the bluffs that overlook the Apalachicola River at Torreya State Park.
Weeping Ridge Trail begins high atop the bluffs that overlook the Apalachicola River at Torreya State Park.
A broken millstone alongside the trail.
A broken millstone alongside the trail.
The trail passes the Rock Bluff Indian Mound, which dates back 1,500-2,000 years.
The trail passes the Rock Bluff Indian Mound, which dates back 1,500-2,000 years.
Ravine into which the waterfall flows.
Ravine into which the waterfall flows.
Weeping Ridge Falls.
Weeping Ridge Falls.
Wildflower in bloom.
Wildflower in bloom.
A small Florida torreya tree can be seen near the waterfall overlook.
A small Florida torreya tree can be seen near the waterfall overlook.

If you enjoyed our visit to Weeping Ridge Falls, you might also enjoy this look at a rare Florida Yew tree growing at Torreya State Park: