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July 12, 2006
From journal Florida's Capital
by Nora Katz
September 29, 2000
It's a little off the beaten path but well worth the drive. You can spend hours here and still not want to leave. For me, I had the same kind of feeling I had as a child visiting seldom-seen relatives out in the country. Farm life was totally foreign and at that age it was so much fun to see it all.
Even though it's technically called a museum, it's more like a zoo and historic farm with a lot of fun things to do.
The fifty-two acres provide natural habitats for some of Florida's native wildlife, including bobcats and deer. A walking trail (created by a long boardwalk with railing) winds through the park and is perfect for keeping a watchful eye on the animals without them feeling threatened.
The museum is also a working 1880s farm where the kids can get involved. They can see inside an old farm house, check out the barn and all the farm tools and even learn about blacksmithing and soapmaking. Also, there's an old caboose
on the property, ready for the kids to climb aboard and pretend to be riding the rails.
Inside are more hands-on exhibits, specifically geared for the younger children, where they can learn about Florida's wildlife.
From journal Time in Tallahassee