Wakulla County Historical Society

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

WCHS Open House, Tues., Dec. 9, 6:00 p.m.

Wakulla County Historical Society Museum

Wakulla County Historical Society Museum

You are invited to our annual Christmas Open House at the Museum & Archives on Tuesday, December 9 from 6:00 until 7:30 PM.  The  Christmas season is always a good time to gather with friends, enjoy some homemade goodies, see our latest exhibits and do some Christmas shopping in our gift shop.

Thanks to the Friends of Wakulla Springs, we have items such as musical snow globes, small snow globes, banks, picture frames, and other items with manatees, bears and eagles.  The gift shop at Wakulla Springs is going out of business and the Friends very kindly donated these items to help WCHS raise funds.  We also have several new books of local history including “Remembering Florida’s Forgotten Coast” by J. Kent Thompson and “Apalachicola Before 1861” by Harry P. Owens.

And remember to pick up your WCHS 2014 Christmas ornament.  This limited edition ornament features the Willie Spears house in Spring Creek.  As you can see by the attached photograph, this ornament is really pretty.


Home’s new home | TheWakullaNews.com

Home’s new home | TheWakullaNews.com. Heritage Village Park feature.

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.

View Our Historic Photos on Pinterest

Visit our historic photos on Pinterest



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

Visit http://www.pinterest.com/24research/wakulla-historical-society


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…

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…


©”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…

Sammy Tedder Featured At November 11 Meeting

Sammy Tedder at Nov. 11 event at Library in Medart, FL


Wakulla County Historical Society’s Regular Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, November 11, 7:00 pm, Wakulla County Public Library
Featuring Sammy Tedder’s Florida Soundscapes: Music from the Elements of Nature.
Sammy will be performing selections from his nature documentary soundtrack albums, playing various saxophones and his handmade river cane and bamboo flutes surrounded by the sounds of Florida’s
wild places.

Digging into Riversink history | TheWakullaNews.com

Digging into Riversink history | TheWakullaNews.com. By Betty Green

Red Clay Footprints: In and around St. Marks with our dad, Julius B. Cotton Jr. | TheWakullaNews.com

Red Clay Footprints: In and around St. Marks with our dad, Julius B. Cotton Jr. | TheWakullaNews.com.

By John Roberts

Bill McLean at the Carriage House at the Raney House Sept. 25, 5:30 p.m.

The Apalachicola Historical Society invites you to another chance to hear “The Story Of The Paddle wheel Boat” by Bill McLean.


Bill McLean saw a paddlewheel boat abandoned in the Ochlockonee River when he was a young boy vacationing in Florida in the years just after the Second World War.  Once he retired he became interested in researching the history of this enigmatic vessel.  On September 25 in the Carriage House at the Raney House, 128 Market Street in Apalachicola, Mr. McLean will recount his multi-year search for the origins of this vessel.  It was a fascinating journey, leading him to talk to people from Washington State to Maine to Florida.  His research revealed that the boat was built in Apalachicola.  The story of its early years and how it came to be abandoned in the Ochlockonee River is a fascinating story that you are sure to enjoy.  The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. and is free to the public.

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.

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