The importance of forestry in Florida dates back to the early 1800s. The museum celebrates the heritage of Florida's forest industry. The heart of the museum is dedicated to longleaf pines and the 5,000 products manufactured from them. The 50-plus-year-old longleaf pines growing on the museum grounds provide a majestic canopy and create an enjoyable walking trail for visitors. Adjacent to the museum is an authentic 19th century Cracker homestead, much like those scattered throughout Florida at the turn of the century. Rangers lead interpretive tours during special events and upon request. Three covered pavilions, that seat up to 60 people each, are available. The park is open Thursday through Monday, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. Located south of Perry, on U.S. 19.
History of the Area
Forest Capital State Museum was opened in 1973. The museum interprets the history of the forestry industry and its valuable resources. The park and museum cover 13 acres and is adjacent to the Visitor Center is the Cracker homestead. The homestead is typical of those that were once found throughout the pinewoods of North Florida at the turn of the century.
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.
Pavilions: We offer three covered pavilions, each seat 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.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Forest Capital Museum State Park. They must be kept on a 6-foot leash at all times and can not be left unattended.