A small slice of the past that tells part of the story of the Muscogee Nation in a unique series of earthen mounds has more than doubled in size with the addition of more than 900 acres to Ocmulgee National Historical Park in Georgia.
The park is reminder of the many cultures that have inhabited the area in and around present-day Macon for 17,000 years. They were drawn to the area near the Ocmulgee River with its fertile hunting and fishing habitat. According to the National Park Service, "Paleo-Indians first came to Middle Georgia during the Ice Age. The first people to this area were nomadic hunters and gathers who occupied this area for thousands of years. Around 900 C.E a new culture arrived," the Park Service says, "where they constructed these unique mounds for the elite members of their society."