Cell Phone Tours Enable Unique History Tours at Gainesville's Morningside Nature Center

By: Hilda Mitrani


Gainesville's s Living History Farm offers visitors an interesting tour of the area's agricultural past, circa 1870, using 21st Century technology - cell phones!

Farm visitors receive a brochure to guide them through the farm with assistance from a local phone number. After dialing and entering a tour stop number displayed, visitors hear information about that specific item, building or location. The tours are free (except for your cell phone usage.) You can get an idea of the tour using this video link.

At the Living History Farm, this unique method allows visitors to discover what life was like in 1870 on a single family farm in north central Florida and it explains the sugar cane and syrup process. The use of each of the buildings and animals found at the farm is also described.

The Living History Farm is located at Morningside Nature Center, the premier nature park in Gainesville. There are more than six miles of trails that wind through sandhill, flatwoods and cypress domes. Morningside also boasts a spectacular wildflower display and a chance to see diverse wildlife.

Other Alachua County tours are available at www.gainesvillecelltours.com including Historic Gainesville, the town of Evinston, Dudley Farm Historic State Park, O‘Leno State Park and Paynes Prairie State Preserve. The website offers a video overview, downloadable guide and a podcast for each of the tours to help you prepare for a visit.

Gainesville, like much of central Florida, is lush and green with rolling hills and moss-draped oaks. It's a  beautiful area to explore, now made easier with this novel use of technology.


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