Cracker Country Historic Area Florida State Fairgrounds
About us: We are an 1890s rural living history museum focusing on hands-on school field trips and opportunities for the public to learn about old Florida.
Located on the Florida State Fairgrounds, the museum holds a collection of 13 original buildings dating from 1870-1912 which were relocated from across the state of Florida. Our buildings range from public buildings like our Terry Store and Okahumpka Train Depot, to private buildings like our Carlton and Smith homes. Today, the historically furnished buildings recreate the lifestyles of the past, and costumed interpreters portray daily living as Florida pioneers.
Cracker Country focuses on providing educational opportunities for the public to learn about old Florida.
From September through December and again in March through May, the museum offers tours for students in grades 1 through 5. The students are led by volunteer docents and discover the daily lives of Florida’s pioneers. They spend the morning immersed in a rural Florida community of the past and learn how a late 19th century rural family survived.
They get to try their hands at farm and household chores, explore community buildings and learn the skills of Florida’s pioneers. They will take back to their modern world knowledge of the differences and similarities between their lives and those of children in 1898.