|Ocmulgee National Monument Visitor Center|
|The trail to the earthen lodge|
|The bird shape where the chiefs sat. The sun strikes this twice annually on the equinoxes|
|Lodge entrance from inside the mound|
|The Great Temple Mound, largest earthen mound in the eastern US|
|The view south...|
|And northwest showing the Lesser Temple Mound and the Funeral Mound on the left|
If you are into Civil War history, Macon was never taken by the Union Forces in a battle, even though it was the major manufacturer of guns and munitions and held many Union Prisoners of War. The Ocmulgee National Monument also has Dunlap Mound which is near the Dunlap House that ran a slave-based plantation here during the Civil War. The Union forces under General Stoneman (reporting to General Sherman) setup here and fired cannon over 2 miles into Macon from the Dunlap Plantation. For some Macon irony, the local militia ended up capturing and imprisoning General Stoneman with the POW's he came to rescue. If you visit Macon, make sure to see the Cannonball House, that General Stoneman's troops hit with a shell that did not explode while bombarding downtown. There are also Civil War trenches and earthworks dug around the Monument, each with stories.
|View east from the Great Temple Mound|
The Visitor Center stores and displays over a quarter million artifacts gathered by the archaeologists mentioned above. Lots of pottery, shell beads, Clovis and arrow points and copper from the past 17,000 years (that's not a mistake) of mostly constant occupation by Paleo-Indian, Archaic, Woodland, Mississippian, and the Historic Creek Indian cultures. It also has the film "Mysteries of the Mounds" which focuses on the mound building time from 900 to 1100.
|Funeral Mound signage|
There is much more to do in the Macon area, including historic house tours, Allman Brothers Band Big House tour, road trips to High Falls State Park, Lake Juliette and the town Juliette (Fried Green Tomatoes movie location), several plantations nearby and much Civil War history.