Waycross, Georgia: "Stuckie" the Petrified DogDiscovered stuck and petrified in a tree, Stuckie is the highlight attraction at Southern Forest World. "See the mummified dog!"
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Southern Forest World is a museum dedicated to the history of forestry. There are many interesting artifacts. Southern Forest World has "Stuckie" the petrified dog (He's also been on display at Ripley's Believe It of Not). There's a great display about the turpentine industry that includes tools of the trade, an old still, and a display of the new method of collecting turpentine. There's a wonderful refueling suit from the Gemini Space project, two huge dioramas of two Cypress Mill areas, and a room with a giant swamp mural and a taxidermy bear, raccoon, fox squirrel, some birds, and a sand hill habitat.
A huge cypress tree outside allows visitors to go inside (It holds as many as 17 people). You will also see an old cabbage stack train engine used to carry wood from the forest long ago. You will find an exhibit of how woods are used to create acoustic instruments. One display was built for the Smithsonian during the Bicentennial in 1976.
If you are interested in Forestry this is the place for you! If you'd like to see a petrified dog then this is a MUST![Lisa Durrence, 07/21/2014]
We recently visited Southern Forest World and found it to be much more than a petrified dog -- although Stuckie really sticks in your brain.
Stuckie is definitely worth a stop! The rest of the museum is nicely done, but unless you have a deep love of forestry, Stuckie is the main attraction. The staff at the museum were fantastic, and you can tell they're proud of Stuckie. They have a tiny gift shop, and who could pass up a Stuckie t-shirt? Not me![Jeanie, 12/28/2012]
It's worth a trip -- the museum operates on donations only and is well done (their hours were reduced due to the Economy). Just outside of Waycross Georgia. Go visit the Okefenokee Swamp and save an hour for Stuckie![Erik, 06/12/2011]
A popular exhibit at Waycross, GA's Southern Forest World, a dog that died and became petrified while stuck in a hollow tree, finally has a name. The museum conducted a contest in which anyone could suggest a name for the dog.... [10/26/2002] Complete News Story
Southern Forest World is a sleepy little run-down museum dedicated to educating people about the exciting world of southern forestry. It is deadly boring. However, hidden among the non-working animatronic talking tree and photos of the largest trees in Georgia, is the infamous mummified dog. This unfortunate animal once made the mistake of getting stuck inside a hollow tree and perishing there, and now is displayed for posterity inside a cross-section of log, between 2 sheets of plexiglass.
On all of Southern Forest World's advertising, the phrase "See the mummified dog!" appears, and, should you happen to glance at the guest book when you visit, you will see that most visitors, in the column labled "Reason for visit" have written something along the lines of "Heard about dog,","wanted to see dog", etc. The guide behind the desk told me "That's all anyone wants to see. I think it's SICK!"[Katherine Bates, 09/19/2001]