Obediah’s Okefenok

Obediah’s Okefenok

A homestead representing the frontier agricultural lifestyle maintained by an early settler at a time when industry and commercial growth was a concern. The park also displays zoological and biological knowledge obtained by this great swamper. He knew every plant and animal by name, sometimes only by given “swamp names.” Serving as an educational reminder that every living thing has a place on earth, even the strangest of swamp creatures, the employees of Obediah’s Okefenok share a respect for these animals and their habitats as shown and demonstrated throughout the exhibits therein.

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Our Contact Details

For more Information contact:
Waycross Convention & Visitors Bureau Authority located at:

417 Pendleton Street,
Waycross, Georgia 31501
t. 912.287.2969
f. 912.287.2948
e. tourism@waycrossga.com

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Historical Information

The Homestead

Obediah’s Okefenok began in 1989 after the restoration of the 127 year old cabin built by swamp legend, Henry Obediah Barber. Named Obediah’s Okefenok by the property owner, to simply imply that Obediah would have called his home “Okefenok” (‘ok fi’ nok) instead of “Okefenokee”, because swampers often left out extra syllables as they spoke the territorial slang.

The log home is the oldest swamp settler’s home to remain in and around the swamp, constructed by the hands of a renowned farmer, hunter and explorer. Obediah lived on the northwestern rim of the Okefenokee, and was a larger-than-life character at 6½ feet tall. He served as guide for surveying parties exploring and mapping the swamp in 1857, 1875 and 1890. By the 1890’s his reputation and knowledge had made him a living legend. A centerpiece of this historical park now known as Obediah’s Okefenok, the cabin is located 7½ miles south from downtown Waycross, Georgia, on Swamp Road.

 

 

Explore many different avenues while touring the park. Over 20 structures are included in the outline of the homestead. Two museums and a load of animal species are on exhibit here.

Critter Center & Reptile House

Gift Shoppe

Southern Showcase Stage

1870s Historic Log

Cabin & Kitchen

Furnace Shed & Syrup Boiler

Hog Gallows

Original Two Seater Outhouse

Potato House

Smoke House

Grist Mill

Blacksmith Shop

R/R Exhibit

Livestock Barn

Picnic Area

Wagon Barn & Farm Equipment

Cotton & Cypress Shingle display

Turpentine Exhibit

3D Melton Museum & Antiques

Corn Cribb

Over 1400 ft of Boardwalks

Wild Animals & Wildlife Exhibits

 

Sugar Cane Mill

Family Pavilion

SE Native American Exhibit
(circa 1780-1820)

1 mile Nature Trail
& Wildlife Refuge

Champion Pecan Tree

Moonshine Still