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Explore Florida | Capital Forest State Museum

Florida Forest Capital State Museum Perry, FL

You know what is a great way to get out and explore the area you live?  State and National Parks.  A lot of states have these "passports," that I've mentioned before.  The Florida State Park Passport has given us an opportunity to check out many areas of the state (including parks, beaches, and museums.)  Saturday we explored the Florida Capital Forest State Museum- which we've lived within 30 minutes of for two years now.  This was suddenly on the top of my list to go to, after learning that we'll be moving within the next few months!

In case you can't read that sign, this is a HUGE map of the state of Florida.  Each county is made out of wood that is specific to that county.  Scott wants one for the house.  I do, too.  I just wish the lighting was better- there was a lamp for the top, which washes the picture out... and nothing for the bottom; neither of us could figure out what kind of wood was used for The Keys.

The Cracker House on the site, was built in the 1800s, and is over 150 years old.  The kitchen is pretty much its own building- I'm guessing because they didn't want the heat of it to filter into the bedrooms.  The site also hosts an outhouse and some other outbuildings.

They even have a chicken house with chickens.  I don't think they've been around since the 1800s though.

Beyond the homestead is a small garden and a pathway to the "Moon Tree."
It's insane how quickly pine trees grow.  This one was just planted 37 years ago, and I couldn't get the entire thing in the picture, as hard as I tried.  I even wound up with an inch worm in my hair, trying to get this shot!
As neat as the Moon Tree was, this one was better.  I have no idea what kind of tree it is.  But it's huge.  Not going to lie.  I wanted to climb it.

Linking with Live Randomly Simple,  All Kinds of Things, and A Compass Rose


  1. Biana Perez11:35:00 AM

    i totally agree with this being a great way to explore your area!! we have some trails near us that I always love to hike!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  2. Yes- and most of these we would never even know existed if we didn't have a guide of sorts!

  3. I mentioned parks on today's post too!
    I want a map like that, but of Texas.
    An aunt had a ranch which had a separate kitchen like that, but it was made of adobe...

  4. I love this!!! There are so many great parks spread throughout every state that are usually "hidden gems" that aren't frequented much but they sure should be!!!

  5. Yes! And most of them don't take much time to go to. We were there for maybe an hour. This one was close enough to go to in the morning and be home by lunch. However, if doing a road trip, these little places would be good stops to get out of the car for a little bit and stretch!

  6. Gah Texas would be amazing. And also huge! Sometimes I wish we had a separate spot for our kitchen nowadays. Especially during the summer in Florida- it gets soooo hot with the oven on, and the only way to combat it is to put the air conditioning down lower. Scott had actually said while we were exploring the house, "can you imagine living down here without a/c?" No. No I cannot. I would melt.

  7. So great that you got to experience this before your move. It looks beautiful. Thanks for linking up with Tuesday Talk!

  8. Thanks! We like historical stuff like this to explore, so it was right up our alley!

  9. yes it would be pretty huge!
    and I know that feeling, there are no a/c's in Germany so I do suffer!! I just close the door and open the window, and try not use it as often.


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