Indian Museum of the Carolinas

Through the millennia, the region now known as North and South Carolina was home to over 45 different Native American Indian cultures. Among the descendants today are the Lumbee, Cheraw, Cherokee, Tuscarora, Waccamaw, and Catawba. The primary emphasis of the Indian Museum of the Carolinas is to display Carolina Indian life, but you will also find exhibits on groups of other parts of North America and Mesoamerica.

Our 40 exhibits offer glimpses of Native American life as it was in the past. From the time of earliest permanent settlement until modern times there have been three primary village types that served the Native Americans our region of the Carolinas: Carolina Bays, Indian Mounds, and Fishing Villages. Additionally, our exhibits include unique items such as an original canoe, projectile points (arrowheads), pottery, and ancient stone tools.

The museum was founded by Dr. David McLean, and is managed by the Scotland County Historic Properties Commission.

Indian Museum Posts

Indian Museum: Original Canoe

"One of the highlights of the Indian Museum is a canoe fashioned sometime after 1730 from a huge longleaf pine." One of the highlights of...

Indian Museum: Carolina Bays

Native American camps on the sandy rims of Carolina Bays were some of the earliest sites for nomadic hunter/gatherers and later more permanent villages...

Indian Museum: Indian Mounds

Indian Mounds have been a fascination since archeologist first discovered their presence. In our region, the Indian Mound at Town Creek State Park is...

Indian Museum: Fishing Village / Fish Weirs

Fish weirs were developed by complex hunter-gatherers during the Archaic period in North America. Where rivers were shallow, a fish weir or fish trap...
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