Museum / State of Florida Civilian Conservation Corps Museum
Museum docents offer guided tours of the museum and provide visitors with an overview of the Great Depression, the work and legacy of the CCC. Three films are shown throughout the day, per visitor request, on the museum stage. “CCC: A Vacation From Poverty,” is a brief 15-minute video providing an introduction to the CCC and the State of Florida CCC Museum. A longer film, “The CCC: A Proud Chapter,” with a running time of 30 minutes, features CCC alumni interviews and a guided tour of park structures built by CCC enrollees that are still in use today. The third film, “The Historic Journey,” is another 15-minute documentary that was made during the 2010 CCC Festival. Four men, all of whom were in their 80s and 90s, recall their lives during the Depression and in the CCC. Their stories and oral histories make up most of this video. Visit the museum to learn about the history of the park and the role the CCC played in building it as well as the history of the CCC in Florida and the United States. Interactive exhibits highlight the 1930-1940 era. Visitors may also view exhibits reflecting the CCC legacy across the country as well as Highlands Hammock and other Florida State Parks. Museum hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily during the busy winter/spring season. Hours are shortened and may vary in the slow summer / early fall off season according to volunteer staffing. Call the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094 for more information.