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Then & Now: The Visitor Education Center at Malabar Farm State Park 1994

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Malabar Farm Visitor Education Center

The autumn of 1994 was a significant season for Malabar Farm State Park.  That was the time when thousands of people came to watch hard working timber framers put up the beams of the big iconic barn at Malabar. 

That was also the year a sign was erected in the field west of the State Park parking lot: it promised that one day there would be a visitors center on that site.

It took a little over a decade, but the plan was finally accomplished: in 2006, the Visitor Education Center opened with a gift shop, library conference room, offices and exhibits.  It wasn’t exactly the barn-like structure that the 1994 sign projected, but it wasn’t designed for cows: it was intended for visitors… and they love it.

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Timothy Brian McKee is a featured columnist on our site every Saturday with a column titled Native SonEvery Tuesday, he taps into his knowledge and collection of historical photos and bring us Then & Now, a brief glance at the way things were.