Forest Capital Museum

a dark wood building with a rounded roof sits in the shade of many pine trees.

North Florida’s history and economy are rooted in the business of forestry. In 1965, Congressman Don Fuqua proclaimed Taylor County, with over 525,000 acres of forested land, the “Tree Capital of the South.” Commemorating this honor, Forest Capital Museum State Park opened in 1968. Now in its sixth decade, the Forest Capital Museum is dedicated to educating visitors about Florida’s forests and related industries.

A few miles from the small town of Perry and about halfway between the cities of Gainesville and Tallahassee, the museum is a beautiful octagonal building with a high glass-dome ceiling. Exhibits feature the history of Florida forestry – you’ll be surprised to learn about the incredible number of products produced from the longleaf pine native to the state. Artistic displays highlight the wildlife and ecology of the forest. Listen while “Terry the talking tree” explains the importance of these same forests within their environment.

Pause for a close look at the intricate details in the diorama of a working turpentine still along with antique turpentine working tools. Not to be missed is the artistry of a map of Florida made from 67 different species of native woods, and a handcrafted wooden replica of a cracker homestead. Photographs of early logging operations, an educational video and much more are available to round off your experience.

A visit to Forest Capital Museum State Park is a glimpse in to the past, present and future of forestry, and we hope you come see it for yourself.