1987 Indian Village Drive
Memphis, TN 38119
Long before Hernando DeSoto found the Mississippi River, people inhabited its villages, including Chucalissa. The earliest evidence points to human inhabitation as early as 3,000 years ago. The annual Choctaw Indian Festival and other special programs are rich with the tales and history of the village that are sure to intrigue children, and the museum houses ancient artifacts recovered from digs at the site. Compare your handprints and those of your children with the hands depicted on the many examples of Chucalissan pottery.
Babies: Definitely a front or backpack carrier kind of attraction.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Children will join the dancing and keep time to the music during the village's Heritage Days in October.
School-Age Kids: Politically incorrect, but true: Ancient weapons will be of particular interest to school-aged boys.
Pre-Teens & Teens: They'll be intrigued by the large twin mounds, which represent the tribe's belief in the afterlife.
- Stomp your feet. A new pair of hand-crafted, authentic moccasins might just be the best souvenir of the trip.
- Bring snacks. There's precious little in the way of food and beverages, so a snack pack is a must. Even better, pack a full picnic to enjoy on the river bluffs following your exploration.
Just the Facts
Hours: Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mondays.
Fees: Less than $10
Recommended Time: 1 - 2 hours