With Labor Day weekend coming up and the wonderful weather we have been having everyone will be out looking for something to do to enjoy their long weekend. Here at Old Stone Fort State Park we have plenty going on for everyone to enjoy.
Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. visit us in the museum for a kid centered activity learning about ancient communication. Watch as the kids create their own stories using petroglyphs.
A guided tour of the mound trail will be given at 10:45 a.m. Visitors can come on an interpretive hike of Old Stone Fort and learn how the mounds were made and the culture and history behind the people who made them.
Join us at 1:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of the visitor’s center to try your hand at using the weapon known as the atlatl; which was used to hunt and bring down large game during prehistoric times.
After the atlatl demonstration get ready to POW WOW. At 3:00 p.m. we will be hosting a pow wow demonstration. There will be jingle, grass and possibly traditional dancers preforming their own style of dance and will be willing to answer any questions.
On Sunday at 9:30 a.m. there will be a flute demonstration inside the museum. Come by and visit to hear the sounds of beautiful music while walking through the museum; as well as learn the origins of the flute and love songs.
At 10:45 a.m. we will start an interpretive hike. Meet at the check in station on the camp grounds for a stroll around the Garrison Road Trail. Along the way we will identify several old trade routes and roads that both early settlers and Native Americans used.
At 1:45 p.m. come out to the maintenance field for a game of stickball. This is an ancient Indian game (also known as “Little Brother of War”) that was the precursor to lacrosse. Supplies are limited so this will be a first come first served program. Join us to learn the history behind this exciting game as well as how to play.
At 3:00 p.m. we will finish the day with leaning about different types of Native American art forms such as patch work and pine needle weaving as well as getting a look at some of these art forms.
We will start Monday off at 9:30 a.m. with some storytelling. Come to the front yard of the museum to listen to Native American myths, legends, and origin stories passed down through oral tradition of many generations.
Join use at 10:45 a.m. at the old golf course for a morning stroll. This will be a two mile leisurely stroll, along the way we will keep our eyes open for deer, turtles, or maybe a turkey or two.
1:30 p.m. the game chunky will take place in the maintenance field (the field to the left on Stone Fort Dr. before entering the parking area for the museum). Chunky was a favorite pastime of the Mississippian people. This competitive game will challenge not only spear throwing, but also timing and strategy.
The weekend will wrap up at 3:00 p.m. with an opportunity for visitors to check out some artifacts and tools the Native Americans would have used thousands of years ago. An explanation of the artifacts will be given along with answers to any welcomed questions. Also learn the different views points on the science of archaeology.
We have something for everybody here at Old Stone Fort. If you are not interested in any of the activities come out and walk one of our many trails and just enjoy the beautiful scenery for your weekend.