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Forest Capital Museum State Park

 Activities at Forest Capital Museum State Park

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive Exhibit

Adjacent to the museum is the North Florida Cracker Homestead interpretive site. The homestead was built in 1864 and depicts the common home and life style of that period. The term "cracker" was used to describe those who used the cracking sound of a long whip to herd their cattle. Guided tours are available for groups: call 850-584-3227.

Museum

Museum

The museum interprets the history of forestry in Florida, highlighting turpentine production, forest products and the ecology of the forest. The park features an 1863 Cracker Homestead with antique furnishings and tools, a visitor center, picnic pavilions and playground.

Pets

Pets

Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Forest Capital Museum State Park. They must be kept on a 6-foot leash at all times and cannot be left unattended.

Picnicking

Picnicking

Pavilions: We offer three covered pavilions, each seating up to sixty people. The pavilions can be reserved for family reunions, birthday parties, corporate events and more. Please call the park for more information, 850-584-3227.

Visitor Center

Visitor Center

Gift Shop and Lobby: The octagonal lobby of the Visitor Center features rare Peck Cypress walls that serve as a backdrop for exhibits and photographs of early forest logging operations. The center provides information on Florida State Parks and offers a variety of novelty gifts.

Museum: The Forest Capital Museum is an octagonal structure made from Cypress and Pine wood with high beamed ceilings topped with a glass dome. The museum offers a fundamental understanding of the evolution, ecology and productivity of our forest. The whole family will enjoy the exhibits of lifelike animals native to the area. Early turpentine production once crucial to naval stores comes to life in a diorama. Antique turpentine tools are displayed. Diagrams and photographs explain and depict the life and cycles of a forest. The center of the museum is dedicated to displaying products that are derived from our forest. The beauty of Florida's native wood is displayed in a carved map of Florida with each of the sixty-seven counties carved from a species of wood native to their area. "Terry, theTalkingTree" will sum it all up with a message that tells us about the importance of our forest.

Weddings

Weddings

The park features the perfect rustic Florida wedding setting - an 1863 Cracker homestead surrounded by longleaf pines and oak trees. In additional, a garden and large live oak provide beautiful picture taking opportunities. The main lobby of the Visitor Center & Museum includes two large restrooms for onsite dressing for the bride and groom on their special day. Please call for pricing and additional information (850) 584-3227.

For photos and more information, download Your Dream Wedding at Forest Capital State Park (PDF - 0.62KB)