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Updated: 02/11/2018 08:30:00AM

Highlands Hammock State Park has a rich history

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JAY MEISEL/STAFF Allen Altvater III looks over a map of Highlands Hammock State Park.

JAY MEISEL/STAFF The plaque at Highlands Hammock State Park honors Margaret Shippen Roebling, who was instrumental in creating the park.

Photo courtesy of Allen Altvater III/Highlands Hammock State Park once had a working saw mill.

Photo courtesy of Allen Altvater III/In this undated photo, a fence was being in constructed at Highlands Hammock State Park. The durable fence posts remain.

By JAY MEISEL

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SEBRING — Whether they were urban legends or there was some truth to it, stories abounded in the past about how con artists sold the Brooklyn Bridge to unfortunate individuals who ended up only with a reduced bank account.

But, there’s no doubt that there’s somewhat of a link between Highlands Hammock State Park and the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s part of the wealth of history surrounding Highlands Hammock State Park. Few people know about the connection and many may not realize the park played a key role in the Florida State Park system. They also may not know the connection between Highlands Hammock State Park and the Archbold Biological Station.

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