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Caddo Mounds traditional grass house

From the opening of Caddo Mounds as a State Park until around 1995, a large Caddo grass house stood on site, a replica built with traditional tools and methods by archeologists. But after approximately 15 years, the structure became unrepairable and the decision was made to burn it, just as the local area Caddo did when a house became unserviceable. Members from the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma traveled to Texas to participate in the ritual burning ceremony of that original structure.

This year we will bring back the Caddo grass house, again using traditional tools and methods. The grass was cut in the fall season and while it dries over the winter months, archeologists will determine the necessary placement of pine and willow which will create the support structures for the house. In spring and early summer, excavation will begin, and the house will be constructed in July.

The Friends of Caddo Mounds have raised money by hosting special programs, a silent auction and through individual donations. Caddo Mounds State Historic Site was also awarded a $15,000 grant from the MICA group, which allowed staff to officially embark on this initiative. While construction of the house is currently partially funded and on schedule for completion in the summer, continued contributions will allow us to furnish the house with replicas of traditional Caddo objects, we will create a variety of programs, community outreach and educational opportunities. 

If you want to be a part of this exciting project, donate to the Caddo grass house fund. To get involved in the construction of the Caddo house, visit the Caddo Mounds website and Facebook page, where we will post special programs, workshops for teachers, opportunities for schools and community groups, and other general volunteer opportunities.

Caddo Mounds State Historic Site is located near Alto, 26 miles west of Nacogdoches. The site is part of the lush Pineywoods landscape of the Texas Forest Trail Region.