W.Va. — Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville will be
planting its Interpretive Garden this year on Saturday, May 20 and Saturday,
June 3, from noon to 4 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.
Visitors are invited to plant seeds chosen for the garden based on
archaeological data and Native American traditions, and each variety has its
own unique story. Visitors can use a replica of a prehistoric stone garden
hoe to plant seeds in small hills of earth, a traditional gardening method of
some Native American groups. Crops such as sunflowers, corn, beans, squash and
gourds will be planted. In case of rain, indoor activities related to the
garden will be offered.
In addition, the
museum’s Discovery Table will feature “Plant Sunflower Seeds.” All materials
will be provided for visitors to plant sunflower seeds in cups to take home and
grow in their own garden. The Discovery Table activity will be available on a
walk-in basis during regular museum hours through the end of May.
Operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture
and History, Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex features one of the
largest conical burial mounds built by the Adena people between 250 - 150 B.C.
and ranks as one of the largest earthen mortuary mounds anywhere in the world.
Exhibits and displays in the Delf Norona Museum interpret what is known about
the lives of these prehistoric people and the construction of the mound. The
complex also houses the West Virginia Archaeological Research and Collections
Admission to Grave Creek Mound Archaeological
Complex is free. The Delf Norona Museum, located at 801 Jefferson
Avenue, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and closed
Sunday and Monday. Outdoor access closes at 4:30 p.m.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the
Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts with Gayle Manchin, cabinet
secretary. The division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings
together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on
archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more
information about the division’s programs, events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org.
The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action