As we continued along the Natchez Trace Parkway we arrived at Emerald Mound. Emerald Mound is the second largest ceremonial mounds in the United States. The eight acre flat top mound stands at a height of 35 feet high.
Emerald Mound was built by the ancestors of the Natchez Indians during the Mississippian period between 1250 and 1600 A.D. It would have served as the ceremonial center for the local population, which resided in outlying villages and hamlets
The mound was originally known as the Selzertown site. The current name derives from the pre-Civil War era Emerald Plantation. The first excavations to the site took place in 1838. By the mid-20th century, erosion had destroyed six of Emerald’s secondary mounds, and part of the main flat top. Its present-day appearance is due to the stabilization and restoration performed after it was given to the National Park Service in 1950s.
As I began to walk up these stairs the words written and sung by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant during the 70’s came to mind.
There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitter is gold and she’s buying a stairway to heaven. When she gets there she knows if the stores are all closed with a word she can get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying a stairway to heaven.