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Indian Temple Mound Museum

It may seem odd that an archaeological site dating from the 12th century is located at the junction of two busy roadways, but Florida is always full of surprises. Easily missed, the Indian Temple Mound and associated museum is well worth a stop to learn about the people who first lived here.

The mound itself is 12 feet high and is covered at the top by a small wooden building. Access is from the museum entrance area (the original street side access is closed) and up a series of steps and platforms. The mound contains approximately 100,000 cubic feet of shells, mud, and sand. Researchers feel that the mound was once used as a religious center from 700 to 1500 CE.

Inside the museum building are over 1,000 artifacts and a more detailed description of the people who once lived here over the past 12,000 years. Other exhibits showcase the booty of pirates and interesting items from early European settlers.

The Indian Temple Mound is located close to the Camp Walton Schoolhouse, and both can be easily visited in one stop.

Camp Walton Schoolhouse
Camp Walton Schoolhouse | Photo Copyright: Lana Law

Camp Walton Schoolhouse

For a bit of local Fort Walton history and to understand what going to school in the early 20th century was like, swing by the Camp Walton Schoolhouse. Located on the same grounds as the Indian Temple Mound, in Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park and Cultural Center, the school was the main educational center in the region, and housed 15 students in its two rooms. Grades one through eight were taught by a single teacher.

In behind the schoolhouse are additional buildings, one of which is the Garnier Post Office Museum. Inside are displays detailing the history of the postal service in the local area from 1918 to 1956. The second building houses exhibits relating to the US Civil War.

The schoolhouse, Garnier Post Office Museum, and Civil War Exhibits building are all included with your admission.

Address: 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Official site: https://www.fwb.org/parksrec/page/heritage-park-cultural-center

Source : https://www.planetware.com/florida/top-rated-things-to-do-in-fort-walton-beach-us-fl-495.htm

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