The Grounds

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The Settlement

The Settlement, located in the northwest part of Discovery Park, features buildings and landscapes representing a typical early 1800’s small community. A 150-year old dog-trot log cabin shows what farm homes would have been during this time. A log farm house features Union City’s own version of the Sleeping Beauty legend and another log cabin demonstrates how a doctor would have lived and practiced in this time. A seasonal heirloom garden completes the area, setting the scene for this 1800’s settlement.

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The Barn

Visitors can see a showcase of historic farm equipment in the The Barn, with one of the highlights being a 1931 John Deere General Purpose Wide Tract that was used for many years in Dyer County. The tractor was abandoned in a fencerow, and had an oak tree growing through it before it was restored, and later acquired by Discovery Park. Other pieces of farm equipment are on display, including a road grader, tractors, and a combine.

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Mill Ridge

This area depicts various types of commerce in the late 1800’s, with a gristmill and blacksmith shop. Visitors observe the processes used in making corn meal and metal items, while learning the importance these businesses once held in the community. There is also a glimpse of early education with a one-room schoolhouse.

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Freedom Square

Visitors can take a stroll along Main Street in Freedom Square to view several reconstructed buildings, which would have been found in the center of many small towns in the early 1900’s. The centerpiece of Freedom Square is Liberty Hall, a tribute to our country’s independence, complete with replicas of United States’ documents such as the Mayflower Compact and the Declaration of Independence, in addition to paintings depicting this time period. A life size replica of the Liberty Bell is on display in the rotunda, representing the bell hung in the Pennsylvania State House after the reading of the Declaration of Independence.

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The Chapel

A covered bridge provides a picturesque entrance to the chapel area. The Chapel is more than 100 years old and was formerly located in Elbridge, TN. The Chapel offers a beautiful event space for reunions and weddings! An American garden wraps around the walkway, setting an ideal scene for quiet reflection or for any special event.

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The Depot

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Children's Discovery Garden

Discovery Park guests can wind their way down a very aesthetic, fossil embedded pathway, and find educational, fun and amusing things to do along the way. One of the first surprises along the path will be the Rhapsody outdoor musical garden, with giant instruments giving children of all ages an opportunity to experience with rhythm, tone, and the creative combination of sounds. In addition to whimsical landscape sculptures, guests will admire perennial gardens, experience a sensory garden and study the lifecycle of many amphibians in the Discovery Stream flowing through the space. There is a new outdoor classroom created with a Labyrinth at center, serving as a great place to conduct outdoor lessons, as well as a meditative pathway for children and adults. There is also a place to dig for dinosaur bones, a garden especially designed to attract butterflies and a giant outdoor chess/checker set, providing the opportunity for hours of outdoor sensory experiences. This half-million dollar addition is 23,000 square feet of space where children can learn, explore, romp, and play. This impressive play area was done by the talented company, Landscape Sculptures.

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STEM Landing

STEM Landing is a showcase of just a tiny sampling of great STEM achievements and is dedicated in the hopes that it will help inspire more in the future. In STEM Landing, guests can explore the different ways that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics help shape our world. You will find a NASA patches inside the geodesic dome, as well as an orbiter and other space related artifacts. Then, you can walk outside and see an F-84 Jet and a Blue Angels plane on display, as well as a 110 foot Titan I Missile. Everyone in the family will find something they will enjoy at STEM Landing.

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