A National Historic Landmark & Museum of Native American Artifacts
This 61-acre, pre-Columbian, Native American site has burial mounds, temple/platform mounds, a plaza area and a substantial midden. The six-mound complex is one of the longest continuously occupied sites in Florida. For 1,600 years the site served as an imposing ceremonial center for Native Americans. People traveled to the complex from great distances to bury their dead and conduct trade. It is estimated that as many as 7,500 Native Americans may have visited the complex every year. Although primarily an archaeological site, the park sits on the edge of an expansive coastal marsh. Anglers may catch saltwater and freshwater fish. As part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, the park offers bird-watchers the chance to observe a variety of birds.
STUDY OF THE LOCAL PRE-HISTORIC COASTAL DWELLERS
The primary reason for this site’s place in the Florida State Park Service is to preserve and interpret the mound structures, burial grounds and the life-ways of the coastal dwellers who used the area in ancient times. The visitor center/museum contains exhibits displaying artifacts related to the site, and provides a few comparisons with what was occurring in other parts of the world during similar time periods.
The Museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday through Monday. The Museum is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
3400 N. Museum Point
Crystal River, FL 34428
For information, call (352)795-3817