Fall is in the air, and it's time to discover, experience, and connect all at the same time. Baker Block Museum, located in the northern part of Okaloosa County, is the place to visit this October and November and all year long. Discover Okaloosa County's rich history throughout the museum, experience what life was like for our pioneer ancestors in the Heritage Park, and make those family connections in the research and genealogy library.
The Baker Block Museum is housed in a 1907 block of brick buildings that served as the business hub of the tiny community of Baker, Florida. The Baker Mercantile Store operated for approximately 90 years in the building, and the museum exhibits feature original items from the store. The turpentine and timber exhibit reflects on the area's leading industry of many years and the stories of the pioneer families it brought to west Florida. Arrowheads, pottery, and a 1200-year-old carbon-dated canoe are just a few of the artifacts in the Native American display. The military exhibit features the strong military presence in the Florida Panhandle and includes items from the Civil War to the early history of Eglin Air Force Base, along with World War ll memorabilia. Don't miss the homemade copper whiskey still used to make moonshine liquor along the Yellow River. Farming and agriculture was a way of life for most of the area's early settlers and the many tools and farm implements round out displays depicting the history of Okaloosa County.
Also located on the grounds of the museum, the Jeanette and Charles Henderson Heritage Park boasts an 1860's one room cabin and an 1880's dog-trot style log cabin with porches and a covered walkway connecting the two. The cabins are furnished with period items that demonstrate what Florida pioneer life was like. On Saturday, October 15th from 6:30p.m.-8:30p.m. the cabins become creepy. For $2.00 dollars, you can visit the museum's creepy cabins in the spirit of Halloween.
If you aren't into scary things, then head out for the 2022 Baker Heritage Day on Saturday, November 19th from 9:00a.m.-3:00p.m. for arts and crafts, music, food, pioneering demonstrations, and more than 40 vendors.
Baker Block Museum and the Henderson Heritage Park will delight with history and fun not only in fall, but all year long.