Wakulla County Historical Society

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

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Wakulla County Historical Society

St. Patrick's Day Festival Wakulla County Historical Society

‘EAT CHILI AND SAVE THE CRACKERS!”

Come join Wakulla County Historical Society as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Crawfordville, FL on Saturday, March 15, 2014.
Fun events include: 1920 Ford ride in the parade with ladies in 1800 clothing.Tent that includes historic pictures to view and I.D., historic books and other items from the Museum and Archives for sale. Chili dinner fundraiser for the Heritage Village Park.

DON’T MISS THIS FUN EVENT!!

WCHS Monthly Meeting To Be Held At St. Marks March 11, 7:00 P.M.

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The #Wakulla County Historical Society program on Tuesday, March 11 (7:00 PM) will be held in Saint Marks at the San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park Museum. The presentation #“Wakulla County River Town, 1835-1865” will feature speaker Alva T. Stone describing the lives of her great, great grandfather, Dr. James M. Madden and other relatives who lived in Saint Marks, Port Leon, and New Port during the territorial and early statehood era. Ms. Stone, from Jacksonville, earned her bachelors and masters degrees at FSU. Upon retirement from libraries at FSU she remains in Tallahassee. There is no admission fee. For more information contact the WCHS at 24research@gmail.com, 850-926-1110, or visit the Museum at 24 High Drive on Courthouse Square in Crawfordville during business hours—Thursday and Friday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM or Saturday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

“A Land Remembered” Comes To Crawfordville

Patrick Smith“A Land Remembered” by Patrick Smith (1927-2014) will be  hosted  by the Wakulla County Historical Society, February 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the Crawfordville United Methodist Church.

Rick Smith, son of the author, will be presenting this educational program about his father, the story behind the story, excerpts from the story, videos and music.  “A Land Remembered” captured the soul of the state for so many of us” said lawyer and longtime conservationist Clay Henderson.  “It was a picture of what Florida was like it its frontier and helped readers be able to value that.  It has been very much part of the voice of the environmental movement…”

​January 27, 2014 by Jim Abbott, Orlando Sentinel Staff Writer Patrick Smith was nominated for a Nobel Prize in  Literature in 1985.  He was nominated for three Pulitzer Prized, one for “Forever Island”  in 1974 about Seminole Indian history.  Again in 1978 for “Angel City” about migrant workers, which later was made into a move.  And then for “A Land Remembered”.

Seating for this event will be limited and there will be only one program, so get your tickets early.

The cost of the tickets is $10.00 each and are available by emailing 24research@gmail.com or at the Wakulla County Historical Society Museum, 24 High Road, Crawfordville, Florida.

#PatrickSmith   #ALandRemembered

“Looking Back At The Wakulla Community” Wakulla County Historical Society’s Monthly Program

Images of Wakulla CountyTuesday, February 11, 7pm, Wakulla County Public Library

With support and aid from Eddie Page and reports from other residents of the community formerly known as Wakulla Station, Betty Green will chair the WCHS program for February, “Looking back at the Wakulla Community”.  We look forward to sharing pictures and stories of the once busy little community that produced several leaders in Wakulla County as well as the state.  As we have found from past meetings pertaining to particular communities, we always come up with interesting stories and facts about Wakulla County’s past.  The public is encouraged to join us Tuesday evening, February 11, 7 pm, at the Wakulla County Public Library for another session of “Looking Back”!

#EddiePage  #WakullaCountyHistoricalSociety

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.
Read more…

Visit WCHS on Facebook

A big thank you goes out to Sandra Vidak, our Public Relations Chair, for a fantastic Facebook site. Visit us at https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/360975454743/

Always informative! Do you have history to share with friends, visit our site and share.

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.

Coming to the Museum in July

Wakulla County Historical Society Museum

Wakulla County Historical Society Museum

 

Cal Jamison, Museum Director, would like to invite you to visit the museum in July when we have our new exhibits in place. They will consist of:

  • Historic collections of personal collectables of Wakulla County History
  • A feature on Woodville, Florida
  • Watch for more to come with the opening date announcement….

 

 

Antique Car Exhibit at The Museum and Archives By Jim Calhoun

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Photos by Cal Jamison

People’s Choice Award Winners for Wakulla County Quilters Guild Exhibit

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Quilts listed in order of winners 1st, 2nd, and 3rd followed by the Opportunity Quilt (drawing June 30th) All others listed randomly – thank you to all the quilters for the beautiful quilts!

The Wakulla County Historical Society announces The Wakulla Quilters Guild  “People’s Choice Award” winners: 1st Place – Wynter Harvey “Just Look At The Cat’s in My Garden”; 2nd Place – Jill Harvey “Stepping Stones”, and 3rd Place  Anna Lopez “Running Buffalos”.  This award was the result of the visitors that came to see the quilts. Each person picked their favorite quilt and cast a vote.

Congratulations to each person that participated! Each quilt was a work of art.

You will not want to miss all the beautiful quilts on display created by the Quilters Guild of Wakulla County. Various styles of quilts including native American designs will continue to be displayed through June 30th.  The silent auction and the drawing for an “Opportunity Quilt” will be held on the 30th. Along with this we will have an antique model car display provided by Jim Calhoun and a collection of earlier dish wares provided by Terri Gerrell.

Hello Wakulla County History Buffs

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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.

TONIGHT – Regular WCHS Meeting Features “Journey Stories”

By Betty Green

You don’t want to miss the last meeting for the year: May 8, 7PM, Wakulla County Public Library.

The program, to be presented by Florida Folk Festival performers, Joan and Amy Alderman from Blountstown, the home of the wonderful Panhandle Pioneer ettlement. Often funny, occasionally unexpected, always entertaining, these colorful ladies proudly show off their Florida Panhandle roots with their collection of tales and tunes. Called “Journey Stories,” these are tales of how we, and our ancestors, came to America, and are a central element of our personal heritage. From Native Americans to new American citizens and regardless of ethnic or racial background, everyone has a story to tell.

Wakulla County Historical Society Offers…

Happy Birthday Wakulla County March 11, 1843

WakullaCoLogo.largeWakulla County was created from Leon County in 1843. It may (although this is disputed) be named for the Timucuan Indian word for “spring of water” or “mysterious water.” This is in reference to Wakulla County’s greatest natural attraction, Wakulla Springs, which is one of the world’s largest freshwater springs, both in terms of depth and water flow. In 1974, the water flow was measured at 1.23 billion US gallons (4,700,000 m3) per day—the greatest recorded flow ever for a single spring. Source Wikipedia Wakulla County, Florida

Genealogy Helps Build Family Tree Series At Library

wakullahistoricalsociety:

See you tonight at the Library for the 1st of a three part series on genealogy.“Building A Individuals Time Line”.

Originally posted on Wakulla County Historical Society:

#Wakulla County Historical Society’s #Genealogy Group invite you to their meeting on March 6 @ 6:30PM. This will be the first meeting out of three (3) that will be instructions on how to build your family tree. Thursday nights class will be “Building A Individuals Time Line”.

Beginners, intermediate, or an experienced genealogist, you will learn something at this class.

Please come and bring someone with you.

See you Thursday @ 6:30PM @ the Wakulla Public Library in the computer lab.

Carolyn
850-524-5334

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Genealogy Helps Build Family Tree Series At Library

#Wakulla County Historical Society’s #Genealogy Group invite you to their meeting on March 6 @ 6:30PM. This will be the first meeting out of three (3) that will be instructions on how to build your family tree. Thursday nights class will be “Building A Individuals Time Line”.

Beginners, intermediate, or an experienced genealogist, you will learn something at this class.

Please come and bring someone with you.

See you Thursday @ 6:30PM @ the Wakulla Public Library in the computer lab.

Carolyn
850-524-5334

Great Evening at “A Man Remembered”

Wow! We had a fantastic turn out for our program with Rick Smith. He shared with us personal interviews with Patrick Smith so we could see the man he was. It was an amazing experience. We have his book A Land Remembered on sale at the museum. The museum will be opened tomorrow from 10 am to 2 pm. 

Get Your Ticket Today For “A Land Remembered”

Get Your Ticket Today For “A Land Remembered”.

Get Your Ticket Today For “A Land Remembered”

A Land Remembered

Seating for this event will be limited and there will be only one program, so get your tickets early.

Tickets: minimum donation of $10.00 each and are available:

All donations are tax deductible.

A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith (1927-2014) will be  hosted  by the Wakulla County Historical Society, February 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the Crawfordville United Methodist Church.

Rick Smith, son of the author, will be presenting this educational program about his father, the story behind the story, excerpts from the story, videos and music. “A Land Remembered captured the soul of the state for so many of us,” said lawyer and longtime conservationist Clay Henderson. ”It was a picture of what Florida was like in its frontier and helped readers be able to value that. It has been very much part of the voice of the environmental movement…” January 27, 2014 by Jim Abbott, Orlando Sentinel Staff Writer

 

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