Highlands Hammock State Park is home to Florida’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum. The park is one of eight original parks built by the CCC in Florida and one of several hundred nationwide that were constructed or improved upon by the CCC.
Launched in 1933 as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal building programs during the Great Depression, the CCC employed hundreds of thousands of men. The program provided the opportunity for work during a time when there was none. The workers built parks, planted trees and restored forests. The museum, established in 1994, is housed in a building constructed by the CCC.
Museum docents conduct tours where visitors can learn about the CCC and the history of the park through interactive exhibits. Documentary films featuring the oral histories of former CCC men may be viewed on the museum stage. Children can learn about the CCC and the Great Depression through a "CCC History Detective" scavenger hunt. Museum volunteers literally bring the Great Depression and the CCC to life by connecting visitors to those times and showing the role of the CCC in Florida’s parks.
Free with paid park entry.
Generally open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hours may vary during the summer and on holidays. Please call 863-386-6094 for more information.
For more information about the museum, please contact the park at 863-386-6094.