Wakulla County Historical Society

"A morsel of genuine history is a thing so rare as to be always valuable." Thomas Jefferson

What Does WCHS Offer?

Wakulla County Historical SocietyAND MUCH MORE…. Call us at 850-926-1110.

Wakulla Museum and Archives Opens a New Exhibit

Mr. PageAn exhibit on Wakulla Station has been opened at the Wakulla Museum and Archives, downtown Crawfordville, Florida. The exhibit includes artifacts from people whose families lived in that community. We have a very strict policy and items on loan to the Museum are always returned to the person who brought them to the exhibit. Our exhibit cases are closed in glass. If you’d like to share something please contact the Museum: 926-1110 or 24research at gmail.com.

Photos of Wakulla Station Exhibit

The exhibit is now open for viewing.

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Share Your Historic Photos With The Historical Society

Hello Fellow Historians ,

Wakulla county Historical Society is developing a collection of historic photos on Pinterest. Visit our site and send us any photos to Facebook of local history or anything you might consider of value to add to our collection. Hope to see your ideas soon! Cathy Frank

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Visit The Museum To See Early Artifacts of Wakulla County

Drop by the Museum today for our Open House to see a fantastic exhibit. Read more about it…

By Sandra Vidak

We are pleased to officially open the Forbes Purchase-Hartfield Survey exhibit in the Betty Oaks Green Room at the Museum.

The story of the Forbes Purchase began in 1776 when three Tory sympathizers: William Panton, Thomas Forbes and John Leslie, arrived in St. Augustine. They had been prominent in the Indian trade in South Carolina and Georgia and sought similar opportunities in Florida. They did so as Panton Leslie & Company establishing headquarters in Pensacola. In 1792 Panton admitted John Forbes (the youngest brother of Thomas Forbes) to the firm as a junior partner and sent him to Alabama to handle the Chickasaw and Choctaw trade. By that time Panton Leslie & Company had a monopoly on Indian trade with the Upper and Lower Creek, Seminole, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Cherokee in the Southeast. The leather and fur trades were lucrative for the firm and in some years as many as two hundred fifty thousand deer hides and beaver pelts were traded and shipped to Europe. The firm’s success during Panton’s leadership, deteriorated after his death in 1801 as damage was inflicted on its commerce by William Augustus Bowles, the War of 1812, Andrew Jackson’s war on the Creek nation, and competition from American traders.
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WCHS Quarterly

WCHS Quarterly Cover

Did you know that WCHS now has  published a quarterly entitled “Wakulla County Historical Society, Historic News in Review”. To get a copy, call the museum at 926-1110. There is no charge to members, non-members will pay a copy fee.

The Greens and Cornbread of Wakulla County: Historical Stories Told by the People “Best Seller”

Wakulla historical Society New Book Green and Cornbread

Good News, the books are now in at the Museum. Come get yours!

THE GREENS AND CORNBREAD OF WAKULLA COUNTY: Historical Stories Told by the People

This delightful book is a collection of stories depicting the history of Wakulla County.  The stories were written and submitted by different authors and families.  The text includes a wide variety of topics and time periods.  Many of the stories contain photos that were included by the author.
The subject matter is divided into several categories that include:

  • The Heritage Village Project
  • Early Times
  • Family Military Memories
  • Modern Times
  • Our People and Lifestyle
  • Water Stories Around the County
  • Wakulla County Landmarks

The first chapter on The Heritage Village Project describes the Historical Society’s vision of this project for the people of the county. It presents photos of homes that are actively being preserved and some history of each home is given to illustrate why it should be saved.
The reader can find tales that describe Wakulla County as families learned to live in the wilds of northwest Florida, as well as learn information about some family genealogies.  Some stories chronicle the individual life of a unique person in the history of the county.
Wakulla County’s development has always been influenced by the ocean and the many rivers, streams, and other bodies of water found there in abundance.  The water stories chapter shows how the people used these bodies of water to support their families in addition to anecdotal accounts about unique events that occurred. Of course, this section would not be complete without a few fishing tales.
The reader can also find information about some of the unique sites and landmarks in Wakulla County, including Wakulla Springs and other historical places of significance.
Overall this book is a wonderful mixture of the old, the new, and the hopes for the future of Wakulla County and the people.

Place Your Order Today! Click here for order blank…

ISBN-10:
0985706228
ISBN-13:
978-0-9857062-2-7

©”Wakulla County” Art work by Allison Green, JoAnn Palmer, and Cathy Frank

WCHS Website Has Important Projects Posted

Mt. Zion Cemetery

Mt. Zion Cemetery

Did you know that Wakulla Historical Society’s website has many important historic projects posted. Have you been trying to find a relative in the local cemeteries? Take a look at our “Cemeteries” link.

Thank you to John E. Roberts and his family for the work they have put into this project.

Hello Wakulla County History Buffs

Florida non-profit, tax exempt, charitable donations. 501c3

Wakulla County Historical Society

Welcome to a site developed by Wakulla County Historical Society for history lovers like you. You can share your history with us. Watch for all the latest happenings.

Don’t forget that our local Musuem and Archives are opened Thursday, Friday, 10:00 – 4:00 p.m. and Sat. from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Check out the gift shop and the genealogy research suite located at 24 High Drive, Crawfordville, FL, in the Courthouse Square. It is one of  Wakulla’s greatest treasures. Call 850-926-1110.

Wakulla County Historical Society Offers…

See You Tonight At Sopchoppy High School Auditorium

Tuesday, September 9, 7 p.m. Wakulla County Historical Society starts its new year of programming.

Sopchoppy High School Auditorium

In September we will feature the communities of Smith Creek and Sanborn in our continued “Looking Back” series. These programs are always filled with a lot of local history and wonderful stories. We look forward to meeting once again in the Historic Sopchoppy High School Auditorium. Come and join us as we learn more of Wakulla County’s wonderful history

Wakulla Historical Society Host A Tea Social

Tea Pot webMark your calendars for the first Tea Social hosted by the Wakulla County Historical Society. This tea social is just that, a social occasion, a chance to visit old friends, meet some new ones, find out what is going on at the Museum, drink some wonderful hot tea and indulge in great desserts.

Members of the Historical Society, who are also members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, will be dressed in their period clothing and act has hostesses.

Everyone is welcome and we hope you will bring some of your friends to share the experience.

The Tea Social will be at the Crawfordville Woman’s Club on September 2nd, from 4 pm until 7 pm.

Heritage Village Adds The McLaughlin House

McLaughlin house-move1 web

Help mark a milestone in the Wakulla County Historical Society’s endeavor to preserve our heritage. Since 2005 Murray McLaughlin, Vice President/Heritage Village Park, and others have aspired to develop a park and to restore heritage homes bound for demolition. Another milestone toward realizing the dream will occur on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 when The John Archie McLaughlin House (Circa 1892) will be relocated from Medart to the Zion Hill Road property. The house will travel north on U.S. 319 through downtown Crawfordville at approximately 10:00 AM. The Historical Society plans to celebrate this event as the house moves past the Wakulla County Courthouse and as it passes Hudson Park. Please join us if you are in the vicinity.

Prehistoric Exhibit Opening In The Pete Gerrell Room.

Visit the Wakulla Museum and Archives to see our first pre-historic exhibit. Open Thursday, Friday 10 – 4 and Sat. 10 – 2 and by appointment 850-926-1110.

8 Things You May Not Know About Memorial Day #8

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8. Memorial Day traditions have evolved over the years.
Despite the increasing celebration of the holiday as a summer rite of passage, there are some formal rituals still on the books: The American flag should be hung at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day, then raised to the top of the staff. And since 2000, when the U.S. Congress passed legislation, all Americans are encouraged to pause for a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time. The federal government has also used the holiday to honor non-veterans—the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated on Memorial Day 1922. And, while its origins have little to do with fallen soldiers, the Indianapolis 500 has certainly become a Memorial Day tradition of its own–this year marks the 102nd time the race will be run to coincide with the holiday.

Source: History.com

8 Things You May Not Know About Memorial Day #6 & 7

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6. It was a long road from Decoration Day to an official Memorial Day.

Although the term Memorial Day was used beginning in the 1880s, the holiday was officially known as Decoration Day for more than a century, when it was changed by federal law. Four years later, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 finally went into effect, moving Memorial Day from its traditional observance on May 30 (regardless of the day of the week), to a set day—the last Monday in May. The move has not been without controversy, though. Veterans groups, concerned that more Americans associate the holiday with first long weekend of the summer and not its intended purpose to honor the nation’s war dead, continue to lobby for a return to the May 30 observances. For more than 20 years, their cause was championed by Hawaiian Senator—and decorated World War II veteran—Daniel Inouye, who until his 2012 death reintroduced legislation in support of the change at the start of every Congressional term.

7. More than 20 towns claim to be the holiday’s “birthplace”—but only one has federal recognition.
For almost as long as there’s been a holiday, there’s been a rivalry about who celebrated it first. Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, bases its claim on an 1864 gathering of women to mourn those recently killed at Gettysburg. In Carbondale, Illinois, they’re certain that they were first, thanks to an 1866 parade led, in part, by John Logan who two years later would lead the charge for an official holiday. There are even two dueling Columbus challengers (one in Mississippi, the other in Georgia) who have battled it out for Memorial Day supremacy for decades. Only one town, however, has received the official seal of approval from the U.S. government. In 1966, 100 years after the town of Waterloo, New York, shuttered its businesses and took to the streets for the first of many continuous, community-wide celebrations, President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation, recently passed by the U.S. Congress, declaring the tiny upstate village the “official” birthplace of Memorial Day.

Source: History.com

8 Things You May Not Know About Memorial Day #4 & 5

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4. Logan probably adapted the idea from earlier events in the South. Even before the war ended, women’s groups across much of the South were gathering informally to decorate the graves of Confederate dead. In April 1886, the Ladies Memorial Association of Columbus, Georgia resolved to commemorate the fallen once a year—a decision that seems to have influenced John Logan to follow suit, according to his own wife. However, southern commemorations were rarely held on one standard day, with observations differing by state and spread out across much of the spring and early summer. It’s a tradition that continues today: Nine southern states officially recognize a Confederate Memorial Day, with events held on Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ birthday, the day on which General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was killed, or to commemorate other symbolic events. Read more…

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