Ancient Mississippian Burial Mound Near Helen Georgia

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

Mississippian Burial Mound Near Helen GeorgiaMany modern visitors flock to Helen Georgia in late September though October for the annual Oktoberfest celebration.

But what many modern day revelers may not realize as they enjoy the festivities of the fall season is that the area was home to ancient civilizations and was a popular spot long before the arrival of European settlers.

Ancient Mississippian tribes inhabited nearly all of the fertile river beds in Georgia thousands of years before the arrival of the colonists. They constructed mounds in the river valley not only to ceremoniously bury their dead, but also to have a place to build important civic structures above the alluvial flood plain.

So if you take a trip to the Georgia Mountains this Autumn, spend a few moments reflecting on the rich anthropological history of the region.

After all, we may walk these valleys but a short time.

Photo: Mississippian burial mound in the Nacoochee Valley near Helen GA.

Comments (6)

Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I would never have known this interesting factoid about your area.  Neat!

Sep 16, 2010 01:10 PM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Thanks, Richard.  We used to get up to Helen occasionally when we lived in Georgia and always enjoyed it.  Interesting tidbit!

Sep 16, 2010 01:25 PM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

Chris Ann...

It really is interesting. THX


It is a "happening" place in North Georgia! Thanks.


Sep 16, 2010 01:33 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Richard,

Wow really interesting facts about your area.....I'm impressed!!

Sep 16, 2010 02:33 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Is the little building a gazebo?  What a lovely picture.  You must have a great camera.  All of your pictures are crisp and clear.

Sep 16, 2010 05:49 PM
Gerry Michaels
Glasswork Media Arts - Gettysburg, PA
GettysburgGerry Social Meida

Richard, I have been through the Georgia area many times but it has been a long time, I am looking forward to a trip that gets a bit more insightful sometime in the near furture....

Sep 16, 2010 08:56 PM