Obediah’s Okefenok | Waycross, Georgia
The 1800s pioneer homestead of to legendary Swamper Obediah Barber has been restored and turned into a park that is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The authentic homestead has approximately 20 structures, including the 1870s log cabin and kitchen, sugarcane mill, grist mill, blacksmith shop, potato house, moonshine still, and livestock barn.
Constructed by the hands of the renowned farmer, hunter and explorer, Obediah’s log cabin is the centerpiece of the park and the oldest swamp settler's home to remain in and around the Okefenokee Swamp. Obediah’s Okefenok says that “The Log Cabin of Obediah Barber is no architectural masterpiece. It is typical of log homes in and around the Okefenokee Swamp that were described and sometimes photographed by surveyors, writers, and scientists between 1875 and 1915.”
At the park, there are over 1,400 feet of boardwalk, a 1-mile nature trail and wildlife refuge, a turpentine exhibit, a circa 1780-1820 Southeast Native American exhibit, a Critter Center & Reptile House, wildlife exhibits and picnic area. Visitors can view over 100 different animals native to the Okefenokee Swamp.
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Visitors to Obediah's Okefenoke in Waycross will see the restoration of Obediah Barber's cabin, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.