Okefenokee Heritage Center | Waycross, Georgia
Waycross GA 31503
Established in 1975, the Okefenokee Heritage Center is a regional art and history museum that honors and educates visitors about the heritage of the Okefenokee area. Located on 20 acres of pine woods, the Heritage Center focues on 8 southeast Georgia counties—Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Peirce and Ware.
The Okefenokee Heritage Center says about itself, "We celebrate the many cultures that make up this diverse area through our exhibits and guilds. The OHC houses exhibits on the history and development of the region. The most popular is the 'Old Nine' exhibit," (a restored 1912 Baldwin, 100-ton, 2-8-2, steam locomotive, named for the first settlement in Waycross).
The Heritage Center also has exhibits on Native Americans, early settlers in the region, Black heritage, the 1830s Hillard House, and Gram Parsons, a country and rock singer and songwriter who grew up in Waycross.