Exploring Florida’s History at Letchworth Love Mounds
1,800 years ago North Florida was inhabited by the Native Americans of the Weeden Island Culture. Though not much is known today about the Weeden people, we do know, through surviving artifacts such as burial goods, that the Weeden had a rich society and culture, and were particularly adept at the art of ceramics. What the Weeden are best known for, however, is their immense earthen mound building. The greatest surviving testament to the Weeden being the Letchworth Love Mound – the largest Native American earth work in all of Florida!
Letchworth climbs to a staggering 50 feet and stretches and enormous 300 feet in width. The Mound is estimated to have been made using 27 million gallons of soil, mixed with shells, and encased in clay! Letchworth was built over the course of hundreds of years, establishing a deep rooted culture in the Tallahassee and Monticello areas. The mound served, researchers believe, as a capital monument for the social, political, and religious spheres of Weeden life.
Today Letchworth Love Mound is a protected state park, surrounded by 188 pristine acres of secluded Florida pine. Visitors can learn more about the history of the site at Letchworth’s historic exhibit, or on an hour long guided tour with a park ranger. For those looking to explore the park on their own, the Bureau of Archaeological Research has erected a .3 mile long board walk, winding through Letchworth and smaller, neighboring mounds for visitors to gain a sense of the daily lives of the Weeden people through navigating ‘city’ of Weeden mounds, taking a more intimate step into the living history of the park.
Camp Folks has teamed up with Big Bend Ghost Hunters to investigate the spiritual history of Letchworth on October 27th and 28th. A team of professional paranormal investigators, Big Bend Ghost hunters act as a non-profit historical society based in Monticello; most well known for their Monticello Ghost Tours. Big Bend will provide all of the equipment necessary to witness the orbs and apparitions of Letchworth Love.
Join us as we explore the rich, living history of Letchworth and the undying spiritual history of the Weeden people. Register now: http://campfolks.com/2016/09/08/oct-27-28-halloween-ghost-hunt/