Talk about a hidden gem!! This state park is extensive, covering several city blocks. It is a living history museum, which means the docents are dressed in period wear, and each structure has been preserved in its original state (furnishings included) from pre and post-Civil war eras. The history of this town is absolutely fascinating. It takes several hours to go through all of the buildings. There are several activities that are hands-on for children: candle making (1 free candle per person), looming, pumping water, etc. This is the site of the largest and oldest Magnolia tree in the state, and the permanent home of the original Bowie knife. There is something here for everyone, and at only $7 for adults and $5 for children, an affordable way to enjoy an afternoon.
HINT: not all structures are open every day. In order to see them all, we had to go one afternoon and see what was open, and then return the next day to catch the rest.
A special shout out to our guides: Mark, Jackie and Marge. They were absolutely incredible, and did a great job bringing the history to life!
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