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Sacred Harp Sing at Landmark Park

Matt Boster

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Apr 03 2017 5:47 PM

The sweet and powerful sounds of Sacred Harp music will fill the air on Saturday, April 15 when the park will host a Sacred Harp sing in the church. The sing will get underway at 10 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. The singers will gather under the spreading branches of a nearby live oak tree to enjoy a traditional dinner on the grounds from noon - 1 p.m. Prior to the sing, there will be a short introduction for visitors unfamiliar with the tradition (also known as Shape Note or Fasola) beginning at 9:30 a.m. 

Sacred Harp singing is a nondenominational American tradition that was born out of Colonial “singing schools” whose purpose was to teach beginners how to sing. A Sacred Harp sing is not a performance, but rather a shared experience that emphasizes participation by everyone. For many singers, a Sacred Harp sing not only serves as a community event, but also functions as a religious observance. Singers attending this event may simply show your songbook for free admission to the park. For more information, please contact the park office, 334-794-3452.

Landmark Park is a 135-acre natural science and history museum located on the outskirts of Dothan.  Features of the park include nature trails, a planetarium, playground, picnic areas, an elevated boardwalk, a turn-of-the-century farmstead with sheep, chickens, cows and other farm animals and crops typical of an 1890s farm.  In addition, the park includes a drugstore with operating soda fountain, one-room school, general store, and historic church, all preserved from the surrounding area. The park is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.  Regular admission is $4 adults, $3 for children and is free for park members and children age 2 and under.  The park is located on U.S. Hwy 431 North, three miles north of Dothan’s Ross Clark Circle.  For more info, call 334-794-3452 or visit

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