And why not celebrate by visiting one of Macon's greatest treasures: The Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park.
The grounds of the Ocmulgee (pronounced "oak-mull-ghee") National Monument are where Macon first became a settled land. People have been traveling through the area for over 17,000 years, and 1200 years ago, the Mississippians, later to be known as the Cherokee and Muscogee Native Americans, settled here.
Because of these early travelers, we have the Indian ritual and burial grounds. One of the mounds (the Earth Lodge) allows visitors to come in and see where Macon's early settlers actually had their rituals and ceremonies. In fact, the Earth Lodge is the oldest reconstructed building in North America. Not to mention, the Earth Lodge floor is 1000 years old this year.
Other mounds are situated throughout the park, where visitors can hike, picnic and see the wetlands. Because of the monument's history, scenery and wildlife, the monument is well on its way to becoming a National Park!
Make sure to go and visit the monument any day of the year, but especially during National Park Week! The visitors center has displays and artifacts that demonstrate the Mississippian culture. The center and monument are free and open to the public every day from 9am-5pm.
Co-Writer: Sade Olajide, Macon-Bibb County CVB Information Specialist