Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Lake Seminole History, Part Six


This beautiful view of Lake Seminole was taken from the picnic area at Three Rivers State Park just north of Sneads.
The now submerged lands visible from this vista are among some of the most historic in the South.
The lake now covers the significant Kemp Mound and Tan Vat Pond Archaeological sites. Located in the flood plain of the Chattahoochee River, the sites were flooded when the Jim Woodruff Dam was completed.
Research at these sites determined that they were occupied nearly 2,000 years ago by Native Americans who built villages and constructed an earthen burial mound in the rich floodplain lands.
In 1674, the Spanish mission of La Encarnacion a la Santa Cruz de Sabacola was established just across the Chattahoochee River in what is now Seminole County, Georgia. The Bishop of Cuba participated in the dedication of a church at Sabacola in 1675.
After the settlement of Jackson County, the lands now on the lake bottom were cleared for fields of cotton, corn and sugar cane. By the time of the Civil War, this was an area of large plantations.
To read more about the history of the Three Rivers State Park area, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/threerivers.
Our series will continue.

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