Guide to Polk  

Homeland Heritage Park

Time seems to move backward when you visit Homeland Heritage Park.

The county park features a collection of structures dating to the late 19th century.

The central attraction is the former one-room Homeland School, the oldest existing public school building in Polk County. The wood-frame structure, built in 1878, hosts students for demonstrations of a school lesson from the 1880s.

The park also contains the Old Homeland Methodist Church, which was built in 1887, the former Methodist parsonage and church annex, the Raulerson House, built in 1880, and the English family's log cabin and barn, built in 1888.

Those structures are scattered over a 5-acre park set in a remote and placid area.

The park is located at 249 Church Ave. in Homeland. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, and by appointment on Saturday.

Admission is free.

Educational tours are offered on weekdays. Tours for senior citizens and school children are offered by appointment. Schools can arrange field trips by calling in advance.

The park has areas that are available for private and community rentals.

For more information regarding fees and available dates, call 863-534-3766 or go to

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