Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Madira Bickle Mound























We had to drive over to Palmetto on Sunday and on our way back we saw a sign for the Madira Bickel Mound Archaeological Site and decided to stop and look around. The site is small, about 10 acres, but the mound and the area around it is just gorgeous! There was lots of Spanish moss and Resurrection Fern on the trees, all very lush from the rains we've had and a couple nice large Gumbo Limbo trees at the top of the mound. A nice little stop for a Sunday morning. Check it out sometime if your in the area.

10 comments:

Cathy S. said...

I lurk on your web site sometime. Caught your site on FC's blog. On Sunday, you were practically in my backyard. I live on TCI and you probably past my house on your way to the mound. Glad you enjoyed it. Didn't our giant sized mosquitoes cart you away though?

Dani said...

Hi Cathy, those mosquitoes were quite evil!! But worth it to see such a cool piece of history.

VitaminSea said...

I've never been out there, I'll check it out the next time we head over the bridge.
There's another Indian mound off Park Street in Jungle Prada, on the other side of Saffron's restaurant. Most of it is private residence, unfortunately. It's a beautiful site and I wish they'd offer tours!

Dani said...

Hi Laura, I was reading a book about the Tocobaga and it was talking about all their mounds around Baypines. Makes me wonder when they cleared the site across from the hospital, if they found any pottery or tools. That would be so cool!

Laura said...

I'll bet they did a lot of artifacts in that one area. There's a big indian mound just east of the hospital, across the inlet, at a behind the Old Dogwater Cafe restaurant. (make sense? LOL).

Here's a good site with more info:
I met the author a long time ago and he gave us a tour of his house and of the other one I mentioned on Park Street. I'll bet anything he'd do it again if contacted. He's a real likeable guy!

Check out his site if you're interested.
http://www.sacredlands.info/mp_indian_mounds.aspx

Dani said...

Thanks Laura, we'll have to go exploring this weekend and check it all out. Sad that so many were lost to development.

Sandcastle Momma said...

I found your site through SwampAngel and I love your photos. That area is so pretty and it's wonderful that they've preserved the mound so people can enjoy it. We have the Fort Walton Beach Indian Temple Mound nearby and love to wander around on it. Something special about being in a place so old I guess.

Dani said...

Hi Sandcastle Momma, Thank you for the nice compliment. I think your right about something so old being special. It really gets the imagination going.

Congrats as well to your retirement of Chief Lawn Mower.

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