What’s In A Name?

There are many different designations for park sites within the National Park Service, and the name for each site carries a particular meaning. A national monument is a site that is created by presidential order or an act of Congress, and typically preserves at least one nationally significant resource. A national historical park is created by Congress and is typically an area of greater complexity than a national monument.

On December 23, 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created Ocmulgee National Monument. Through Roosevelt’s New Deal plan, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) built our park road, trails, and the reconstructed Earth Lodge.

On March 12, 2019, the site became Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park. The expansion was part of a bill (S. 47 Natural Resources Management Act [Lands Package]) which passed the Senate on February 12th, 2019 and passed the House on February 26th, 2019 and then signed on March 12th, 2019.

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