Marksville State Historic Site

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Marksville State Historic Site

Louisiana

(318) 253-8954

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Overview

The 42-acre Marksville State Historic Site is located on a bluff overlooking the Old River, adjacent to the town of Marksville. Professional archaeologists consider this prehistoric Native American ceremonial center to be of unique national significance. The main portion of the Marksville site is surrounded by a semi-circular earthwork which is 3,300 feet long and ranges from 3 to 7 feet in height. The open side of the enclosure is the edge of a bluff along Old River. Openings in the earthwork, one in the western side and two in the southern end, suggest that its purpose was ceremonial rather than defensive. This enclosure probably was built to delineate a special area where the dead were buried and formal affairs were conducted. Six mounds of various sizes and shapes are located within the main enclosure, and others are built outside of it. Marksville State Historic Site was designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1964, and thus joined a select group of properties which have since been recognized for their importance in American history.

Opened 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Guided tours are offered daily. Admission to Marksville State Historic Site is by appointment only. Please call 318-253-8954 or 888-253-8954 to schedule your visit.

Map of Marksville (LA)

Latitude, Longitude: 31.125172, -92.050182

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Activities

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Several attractions are within driving distance, call for more information

  • Historic Sites

    The 42-acre Marksville State Historic Site is located on a bluff overlooking the Old River, adjacent to the town of Marksville. Professional archaeologists consider this prehistoric Native American ceremonial center to be of unique national significance. A museum and daily tours are available.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic areas are available for use.

Directions

Driving

The site is located in the town of Marksville, southeast of Alexandria. From LA 1, turn onto Preston St. (LA 452) and head northeast, then right onto Martin Luther King Drive.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(318) 253-8954

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