Oakville Indian Mounds is closed for the holidays Dec 17 through January 4. We are owned and operated by the Lawrence County School System and will be observing their holiday schedule.
Please be aware that our main entrance sign is currently being replaced. Look for our metal markers honoring the Cherokee clan names at our entrance to turn into the park
The picture below shows a clump of Smooth Cat's Ear (Hypochaeris glabra) in bloom with our platform mound in the background.
Located in the southeastern portion of Lawrence County, Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum is shaded by the 180,000 acre William B. Bankhead National Forest and shares the treasures and remaining vestiges of the great Indian hunting grounds. The Bankhead is encompassed by part of the Warrior Mountains, the western terminus of the Appalachian Mountains. With its prolific wildlife, waterfalls, caves, and deep gorges, Bankhead is one of the southeast’s premier sites for petroglyphs, prehistoric drawings, and rock carvings. Indians hunted in this area for some 12,000 years before the Europeans arrived. Oakville Indian Mounds Park (hereinafter referred to as the Park) is an educational, archeological, genealogical, and sociological legacy to Lawrence County and North Alabama. Spanning a timeline of human occupation of over 14,000 years and a diversity of races and cultures, the Park preserves, protects, and presents artifacts dating as far back as 10,000 B.C. and ancient geological evidence of the settlement and evolution of the people of this region of Alabama. Creek (Muskogee), Yuchi (Uchean), Shawnee (Algonquin), Chickasaw (Muskogee), and Cherokee (Iroquoian) Indians were the five historic tribes to live in the Oakville area.
The Celtics were the first white men to inhabit the area during the 1700’s. They traded with the Indians until the 1816 Turkey Town Treaty. Influenced by President Andrew Jackson, Chief Doublehead, and other Indian leaders negotiated a series of treaties from 1794-1816 that ceded all Indian lands in Morgan, Lawrence, and Limestone Counties to the United States government. Riffed and decimated by war and internal strife, the great Indian nations offered little resistance to the white settlers from Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia that followed the original Celtic occupation. Doublehead’s death on August 19, 1807, signaled the end of the Cherokees in North Alabama. Though the Cherokees would remain in the Tennessee Valley for another 30 years, they would never again be a powerful force.
We are part of the Lawrence County School System and pets are not allowed on School Property. Thank you for understanding.