This is a list of the weekend activities at Old Stone Fort for the weekend of August 10th and 11th.
Saturday morning at 9:15 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.
10:00 a.m. the game chuncky will take place in the maintenance field (the field to the left on Stone Fort Dr. before entering the parking area for the museum). Chuncky was a favorite pastime of the Mississippian people. This competitive game will challenge not only spear throwing, but also timing and strategy.
At 11:00 a.m. we will meet in front of the museum before heading out to make our own ant farms. Along the way we will talk about these tiny insects and study them once we find them. This program is open to all however, supplies are limited so it will be first come first served. This is a perfect opportunity for parents or grandparents to make something with the kids.
1:15 p.m. we will be conducting some amount of trail maintenance. This is open to all and volunteers are very much appreciated. Come help us preserve this historic site by taking pride in taking care of the mounds.
After the trail maintenance at 3:30 come relax and listen to Native American myths, legends, and origin stories passed down through oral traditions of many generations.
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.
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.
At 1:00 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 2:15 p.m. visitors will have the opportunity 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 will end the day with the atlatl demonstration at 3:00 p.m. Join us 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.