Indiana May 18, 2019
5 Sacred Native American Sites That Every Hoosier Needs To Visit At Least Once
When you’ve seen all the state’s
major state parks and museums, there are some lesser-known and very important attractions to check out. History and nature come together at these five sacred Native American sites in Indiana that you must explore if you want to get to the roots of the Hoosier State.
Through abandoned villages and burial sites, this list will take you way back in time. Scroll on for more details.
1. Angel Mounds
Nestled along the Ohio River in southern Indiana, this archaeological site preserves ancient remnants from a prehistoric community that existed between 1100 and 1450 AD. There are five platform mounds as well as seven smaller mounds in total to explore here. Guests will also find replicas of historic structures and a museum that lays out the history of the people who called this land home before us.
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Address: 8215 Pollack Avenue, Evansville, IN 47715
2. The Pioneer Mothers Memorial Forest
Along a 1.3-mile trail through this 88-acre wood is a an abandoned Native American village that dates back to 1300 AD. This virgin forest has been mostly untouched since the 1800s and gives visitors a glimpse of what the state would look like if we had never torn it down. Learn more about the history you can discover at this marvelous place
Address: Paoli, IN 47454
3. Prophetstown State Park
Established as a park in 2004, this area preserves another historic Native American village. This one was a multi-tribal community, which you can learn about at the park's museum. Tucked away in west-central Indiana, along the Wabash River, near the town of Battle Ground, it contains replicas of the Woodland Indian settlement, hiking and biking trails, campsites, picnic shelters, and a living history farm.
Address: 5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906
4. Potts Creek Rockshelter
By way of sacred Native American sites, this one might be the least known in the state. Lost within the Hoosier National Forest, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is believed to have been a camp for Archaic, Woodland, and Paleo-Indian natives centuries ago. In total, the archaeological site encompasses 4,356 feet.
5. Mounds State Park
Featuring 10 ceremonial mounds built by the Adena-Hopewell people, this ancient village dates back to 160 BC. The area spans 252 acres and includes hiking trails, a swimming pool, campsites, a Nature Center, and much more to help you explore the grounds and enjoy the outdoors.
Address: 4306 Mounds Road, Anderson, IN 46017
What other sacred Native American sites do you like to visit? Share your favorites with us below in the comments.