Fort Walton Beach in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Preserving and Protecting the Mound
Preserving the Mound
Florida is home to a rich variety of cultural resources that represent our society. Many significant archaeological sites, like the Fort Walton Temple Mound, are in public ownership.
The preservation of the temple mound was assured in 1959 when Thomas & Louise Brooks and William & Sarah Frances Brooks Pryor generously donated the mound to the City of Fort Walton. Additional proof of this community's commitment to protect the mound came in 1964 when it was placed on The National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark.
With the mound land acquired, the dream of a permanent museum was approaching reality. In 1971, The Indian Temple Mound Museum opened its doors to the public.
In 1976 the Florida Bicentennial Trail began here at the Fort Walton Temple Mound.
Protecting the Mound
The Fort Walton Temple Mound is considered a sacred area by today's Native Americans and is often the site of ceremonial activities.
Today the temple mound is in danger and needs our help to survive. You can help preserve the Fort Walton Temple
Much of the living area which surrounded the mound is now underneath downtown Fort Walton Beach and remains unexamined. For now, the Fort Walton Temple Mound will remain a time capsule of information for future archaeologists and historians to study.
Large photo - Former Temple Mound Museum building at foot of mound.
Top left photo inset - Stone Knife Blade with Rehafted Handle - Archaic Time Period (6500 - 1000 B.C.)
Bottom left photo inset - Rim Effigy, Opossum Mississippian Time Period (A.D. 1000-1500) Fort Walton Culture
Middle inset photo - Bolen Point Paleo Period (12,000-6500 B.C.)
Erected by the Community Redevelopment Agency.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Landmarks • Native Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1959.
Location. 30° 24.255′ N, 86° 36.413′ W. Marker is in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker can be reached from Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach FL 32548, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Story of the Fort Walton Temple Mound (a few steps from this marker); Fort Walton (within shouting distance of this marker); Okaloosa County Desert Storm Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Indianola Inn, An Indian Midden Mound, and Civil War Cannons (about 800 feet away); Bud & Dorie Day Patriots' Trail (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Mistys (approx. 0.9 miles away); Prisoner of War (approx. 0.9 miles away); Dorie's POW Negotiations (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Walton Beach.
Regarding Preserving and Protecting the Mound. In 1962 the Indian Temple Mound Museum opened as the first municipally owned and operated museum in the State of Florida.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on the Fort Walton Mound. (Submitted on October 30, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 30, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 448 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 30, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.