Ocmulgee named National Treasure

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Ocmulgee National Monument will now join the ranks of significant historic places in the United states. Like the Grand Canyon it is now considered a National Treasure.

“For seventeen thousand years people have been moving in and out of this place and calling it home,” Superintendent Jim David said discussing the Ocmulgee National Monument.

Home being 702 acres filled with trees, trails and history.

“The Mississippian period, thousand years ago,” said David. “When this Macon plateau was occupied by what we call Mississippian people building mounds, having meetings and ceremonies and so forth here.”

He added, “I think people have recognized this as a national treasure for generations.”
Now, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, it’s not just a treasure in Macon, but in the nation as well.

“We are out there to protect special places and this is just a special place,” said Chief Preservation Officer of the National Trust, David Brown.

Brown presented Macon the good news to Macon. Ocmulgee was recognized because of the historic significance and cultural property. As well as being threatened by building development in the area.

“Well the real threat here is what’s happening around outside the monument and what could happen over time if we don’t think about the future of this places,” said Brown.

Brown says the recognition from the National Trust is more than just a title.

“When we name something a national treasure then we bring staff, we’ll bring other kinds of resources, we’ll bring our expertise to add to the work that’s already underway here,” Brown said.

Preserving a historic place may be a lot of work, but Brown says it’s worth it.

“This has been a special place for seventeen thousand years,this is worth saving for the next thousand years,” said Brown.