FLOR500, Garden 244 Margaret Shippen Roebling, Environmental Activist (1867–1931) In 1929, in spite of the Great Depression, the citizens of Sebring and Avon Park worked to protect a pristine hardwood forest and surrounding wetlands from being developed into farmland. In 1930, Margaret Roebling donated $50,000 and in turn inspired others to contribute the funding needed to complete the purchase of the first 500 acres of Hooker Hammock in Highlands County. Dedicated in 1931, the land was donated to the Florida Park Service, to become one of Florida's first state parks.
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Margaret Shippen Roebling, Environmental Activist 

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Margaret Shippen Roebling, Environmental Activist 

(1867–1931)

In 1929, in spite of the Great Depression, the citizens of Sebring and Avon Park worked to protect a pristine hardwood forest and surrounding wetlands from being developed into farmland. In 1930, Margaret Roebling donated $50,000 and in turn inspired others to contribute the funding needed to complete the purchase of the first 500 acres of Hooker Hammock in Highlands County. Dedicated in 1931, the land was donated to the Florida Park Service, to become one of Florida's first state parks. 





 




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