Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park

Just off U.S. 90 between Tallahassee and Monticello is a state park preserving what remains of a massive prehistoric mound group. One of the surviving mounds, in fact, is believed to be the tallest "Indian mound" in Florida.

Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park was the site of a significant Native American city of the Weeden Island time period (A.D. 300-900). Former owners of the property indicate that there were once as many as 15-20 mounds at and near the site. Four of these can be seen at the park.

The largest mound at the site, once called the "Miccosukee Mound," rises 46 feet high and measures nearly 300 feet across the base.

The park is one of the newest in Florida, but is already in danger of being closed due to budget constraints. To learn more about it, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/letchworth.

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