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World Honey Market makes its mark on the Okefenokee Swamp Park

Updated: Jun 4, 2021

The Okefenokee Swamp Park in Waycross, GA, held a ribbon-cutting

ceremony for its first all-new exhibit in more than 30 years!

WAYCROSS, GA - Something is buzzing at the Okefenokee Swamp Park in Waycross, GA, and it isn’t just thousands of active honey bees! The wildlife refuge has opened its first exhibit in more than 30 years, The World Honey Market Museum.

To further their passion for education, The World Honey Market, which has deep roots in Georgia, with a retail location in Moniac just down the road from their headquarters has partnered with the Okefenokee Swamp Park in Waycross, to bring the public a one-of-a-kind interactive educational exhibit for the enjoyment and benefit of the swamp and its guests for years to come.

“This has been a labor of love and continuing endeavor,” John David Peterson, owner of World Honey Market, said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Thursday, May 27th, “We see it as a destination within a destination. Bees have been a part of the ecosystem since the beginning of time, and this is dedicated to the beekeepers around the swamp who have been here for generations.”

From the moment you step into the park, the building's newly painted exterior will make a high-impact visual statement. Designed to give a giant beehive the appearance, the guest will immediately feel like they have been given a bee's eye(s) view of the world as the sidewalk leads them to the entryway leading to the glass door.

Once inside, guests will learn about the Okefenokee's partnership with WHM, the swamp's involvement with beekeeping, and its ecological importance. As guests continue, they will learn the fascinating history of beekeeping along with various forms of beekeeping throughout global history, including ancient Roman pottery to modern commercial hives.

Park guests can also experience actual, active hives from the safety of the observation room with the large viewing window, looking out onto several functional beehives.

World Honey Market is a collective of local artisan beekeepers involved in the production, harvest, and packing of the highest quality, pure raw honey available around the world. (386) 320-9759 22973 Hassie Johns Rd Sanderson, FL 32087

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge conserves the unique qualities of the Okefenokee Swamp for future generations to enjoy. 5700 Okefenokee Swamp Park Rd Waycross, Georgia 31503 (912) 283-0583

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