Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Landmark Park - Dothan, Alabama

Landmark Park, located on U.S. 431 North in Dothan, is the home of Alabama's official Museum of Agriculture and is a fascinating heritage destination.

The park preserves a wide array of historic structures gathered from around the Wiregrass region of Southeast Alabama, Northwest Florida and Southwest Georgia (so named because wiregrass, a tough natural plant, grows in the area). Among these are a century old drugstore with a working soda fountain, a general store, one-room school, church, pioneer log cabin and a living history farm centered around the historic Waddell house.

Beautifully maintained, the park offers visitors the chance to experience life in the region as it was more than 100 years ago. Park employees and volunteers operate the farm just as it would have been before the days of tractors and electricity, growing native crops such as peanuts, corn and collards.

Landmark Park also features a planetarium, nature preserve, walking trails, boardwalks and exhibits on the turpentine and timber industries, as well as a large scale playground and more. It is also located near the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens discussed in yesterday's post.

To learn more, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/landmarkpark.

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