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Madira Bickel Mound State Archaeological Site

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Bayshore Drive
Palmetto, Florida

(941) 723-4536

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A sidewalk winds through the trees, leading to a staircase. Photo by Jeffrey Fillmore.

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Join us for a public workshop to discuss updates to the unit management plan for these parks:
Cockroach Bay Preserve State Park: Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. at SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin, FL 33573. Madira Bickel Mound State Historic Site and Judah P. Benjamin Memorial at Gamble Plantation Historic State Park: Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at Palmetto City Hall, 516 8th Avenue West, Palmetto, FL 34221. More information.

 Welcome to Madira Bickel Mound State Archaeological Site

This ancient Native American site was the first in Florida to be designated a State Archaeological Site. Karl and Madira Bickel donated the mound and surrounding property to the state in 1948. The flat-topped ceremonial mound-composed of sand, shell, and village debris measures 100 by 170 feet at the base and is 20 feet in height. Archaeological excavations have disclosed at least three periods of Native American cultures, the earliest dating back 2,000 years. Picnic tables are available. Plans for the future include a nature trail and a kiosk with historical information. No additional amenities are available at this time. Located off U.S. 19 in Palmetto. The entrance road is approximately one mile south of I-275. The site is located on Bayshore Drive, approximately 1.5 miles after turning off U.S. 19.