N 31° 36.277 W 091° 40.265
Between Jonesville and Ferriday is a place called Frogmore, and it’s more than just a funny name. One of the many earthworks of the native moundbuilding cultures can be found here.
An interactive map highlighting the more prominent mounds in Louisiana can be found at http://archive.archaeology.org/online/features/lamounds/map.html:
From their site:
The Louisiana Ancient Mounds Trail is about a five-hour tour by car with stops at the museums at Poverty Point in West Carroll Parish and Marksville in Avoyelles Parish, which serve as the hubs to the trail. Individuals or groups with an interest in learning more about mound sites in Louisiana can start near Epps at the Poverty Point State Historic Site. There they will be introduced to mound building by watching a video, looking through the museum, and touring the site itself. They can then drive to see the other sites with a better understanding of the mounds and the people who constructed them. The next state-owned site on the trail is Marsden, a group of mounds incorporated into Poverty Point Reservoir State Park and recently opened to the public. Though no full visitor’s center is planned at Marsden, there will eventually be more interpretative materials available there, and visitors can arrange for guided tours. Following the trail from northeast to central Louisiana, most of the rest of the historical markers are on privately owned mounds. These sites can be viewed from highways or to the extent each landowner allows (these markers will all have “No Trespassing” signs on their posts). The tour ends at Marksville, where there is another interpretive center.
The last time we passed Filhiol Mound in south Ouachita Parish, it appeared a Visitor’s Center / Interpretive Center was under construction. We can suspect many updates have occurred since the above article was written in 2004.
We mustn’t assume the entirety of our Ancient Mounds are to be found in Northeast Louisiana.
In Cocodrie, Louisiana there is the Elpege Picou (La Butte) Cemetery Mound, a native structure built many hundreds of years ago, upon which later generations of settlers put a cemetery, presumably safe from rising floodwaters.
The Ancient Mounds dot our state, and are testament to pre-European survival skills. Did they build the mounds for dry safety, or for some ceremonial purpose? We may never fully know. Some of the mounds, like at Marksville, have been opened to archaeology. Others remain in private holding.
The Frogmore Mound can be viewed from the highway. A placard there prohibits trespassing. So there’s no geocache at the site. But it’s still a worthwhile drive.
Frogmore is the home of the Concordia Parish plantation site, preserved mostly in its 19th Century setting. Just beyond, in Ferriday we find the Delta Music Museum, showcasing the state- and local talents which made musicians such as the Lewis/Swaggart family there world famous, as well as many others.
Nearest Geocache Listing: None here. Site on private property.
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