Wakulla County Historical Society

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

Visit the Wakulla County Historical Society Museum and Archives

Wakulla County Historical Society Museum

Wakulla County Historical Society Museum

Visit us Thursday, Friday, 10:00 – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 – 2:00 p.m. See all the new items in the Old Jail Gift Shop and have an expert help you with your family history while you are there. The sale ends on August 29, 2015.

A new Wakulla County Exhibit is being developed with Betty Green’s archives of historic photos from our area.

Call 850-926-2201 for more information.

Roof On Moore House Stabilized

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In January we communicated an immediate need for emergency action to preclude further deterioration of the McLaughlin House kitchen and the Moore House as both have developed roof leaks and interior spaces were exposed to water damage. We had tarps to place over the roofs but needed help in finding volunteers to assist. The Moore House work was too dangerous to be completed by using unskilled volunteers on the roof and required a bucket lift.
In February, Bryan Randolph of Best for Less Tree Service volunteered equipment and a “Great group of guys from Wakulla Free Riders used their exceptional skills mastered in their tree service business to make placing a tarp on the entire roof of the Moore House seem routine. Plus, it is how they give back to the community through their motorcycle club,” said Murray McLaughlin. Give Bryan a call the next time you need a tree service and thank them for supporting historic preservation.

Wakulla County Historical Society Presents Concert to Benefit Heritage Village Park

20140519-000312-192274.jpgThe Wakulla County Historical Society presents Lari White and Friends Wakulla Homecoming: A Heritage Event featuring Lari White, Chuck Cannon, Bryan Edwards, Rick Ott, Lindsay Sparkman, and Jerry Evans on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the auditorium of Wakulla High School, 3237 Coastal Highway, Crawfordville, Florida. Tickets are $35/$30/$20 each and will be available March 1 online at http://www.wakullahistory.org and at the box office during business hours. The event is A From The Heart Studio-Concert Production.

“This will be a spectacular event,” said Historical Society President Cathy Gray Frank “. . . we are overwhelmed by the generosity of such accomplished musicians, it would notbe possible without the tireless efforts of our volunteers and we appreciate everyone’s contribution.”

Murray McLaughlin, Vice President/Heritage Village Park, indicated that Lari White and Chuck Cannon are coming from Nashville to perform donating their time and talent for the event from which all proceeds will benefit Heritage Village Park. “Lari has deep roots in Wakulla County as her father, Larry White, was born  and raised here and graduated Sopchoppy High School. Her grandparents Cortez and Rosebud White lived in Medart. Rosebud was one of the siblings who lived for a time in the McLaughlin House.” Chuck Cannon has family roots in Jefferson County. “Chuck with Lari as headline performers is a huge contribution for a successful event,” said Rick Ott, Concert Producer. http://www.chuckcannon.com

Read more about the Heritage Village at http://wakullahistory.org/heritagevillage.html

Lari White and Friends Wakulla Homecoming: A Heritage Event


Wakulla Homecoming: A Heritage Event

Wakulla Homecoming: A Heritage Event


Tickets available March 1, 2015.

J. Harold Thurmond & Judge Mike Carter Share Wakulla County’s Rich History

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The Historical Society’s second Tuesday program in January Judges of the 1800s and 1900s featured speakers J. Harold Thurmond, retired Clerk of Court, and Mike Carter, retired County Judge.

Thurmond’s remarks included: H.L. Henderson (1871), W.T. Duval (1873, 1877), W.A. Giles (1881), B.S. Smith (1885), W.A. Giles (1887), C.M. Cox (1888), William H. Walker (1890), W.W. Giles (1891), and S.J. Giles (1895). WCHS member Helen Harvey, who regularly attends the programs, commented that she was impressed with the “spectacular research Harold did to share so many interesting facts.” Thurmond’s humor, teaching background, and talent for storytelling mesmerized the audience. He commended the effort of his “whole family” to produce the presentation while daughter Jana monitored the slide show.

Mike Carter litigated the last case ever tried in the Historic Wakulla County Courthouse (c. 1892) and his remarks began with R. Don McLeod who presided as county judge from 1901 to 1928. McLeod’s famous ruling that a mullet is a bird because it has a gizzard occurred in the old courthouse which has sported a mullet weathervane since it was restored by the Chamber of Commerce. Carter continued the topic with Raney Whaley (1928), A.L. Porter (1932), George Harper (1956), Evelyn Flack (1974), Michael Carter (1983), and Jill Walker (1990). Carter shared many stories of personal interaction with Judge Porter and fellow lawyer Jewell Hudson during his career of practicing law. Carter also recounted with good humor the controversial election between himself and Judge Flack.

Both Carter and Thurmond are active Historical Society members. Program Chairman Betty Green said, “We are so thankful to have people who are willing to share the rich history of Wakulla County with such fascination. We really appreciate their support.” Alongside Thurmond’s family in the audience were Judge Harper’s widow, Naomi, and sons George, Kenny, and Larry. All historical programs are recorded and available on CD upon request in the Old Jail Gift Shop. Historical Society meetings are on the second Tuesday, September through May, except October and December, at 7:00 pm in the Public Library at 4330 Crawfordville Highway. The Wakulla County Historical Society Museum & Archives is located on Courthouse Square at 24 High Drive in Crawfordville and is open Thursday and Friday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

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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…

Historical Society Celebrates Silver Anniversary

Wakulla County Historical Society 1991-2016

Wakulla County Historical Society formed 1991, today in 2016, we celebrate our Silver Anniversary on Tuesday, October 11, 7:00 pm. The celebration will be held in the Heart of Historic Crawfordville at First Baptist Church Christian Life Center 3086 Crawfordville Highway.   Tickets $25 prepaid by mail or at Museum. Buffet meal catered by Judi Bunch Featuring barbershop harmony by In-A-Chord of The Capital Chordsmen of Tallahassee.
Doors open at 6:00 pm Membership Registration Only Applications available online http://wakullahistory.org/application.pdf
WCHS Museum & Archives 24 High Drive · Post Office Box 151 Crawfordville FL 32326 850.926-1110

Buy A Brick, Leave A Legacy


Order Your Brick Today!

It is time to take advantage of our exciting project for the Museum & Archives. The brick pavers legacy project is now in full swing. Many of you have expressed interest in leaving a legacy by ordering brick pavers which will be placed in front of the Museum & Archives.  We plan to place an order for the bricks soon, so please get your forms turned in to us as soon as you can.  Many Wakulla County families will be represented here and I know you will want your family to be included.  These bricks can be done for loved ones who are deceased, those who are still living, a business, an organization, or whatever you’d like.  There are 3 lines with 20 spaces per line.  The cost for each brick is $100.  If you need any help or suggestions, just come by or call the Museum at 926-1110 and we will be glad to assist you.    

50th Annual Wakulla Area Swine Show

The 50th Annual Wakulla Area Swine Show

Saturday February 27, 2016
Wakulla County Livestock Pavilion
Participant Ages 6-21 as of September 1, 2015
Registration Deadline January 31, 2016
Schedule of Events:
Friday, February 26, 2016
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.-Receive & Weigh All Hog Entries
6:15 p.m. -Swine Judging – Registration
7:00 p.m. -Swine Judging Contest

Saturday, February 27, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. -Receive & Weigh All Hog Entries
11:00 a.m. -BBQ
1:00 p.m. -Youth Swine Show, Alumni Showmanship Exhibition.  Auction to follow.
4:00 p.m. -Awards, Pictures

BBQ Contest, Entertainment, Vendors, Family Fun
For more information contact
Dot (850) 544-1102 Ed (850) 544-0979 Mike (850) 300-0171 or PJ (850)509-3263
Or email  WakullaCoSwineShow@gmail.com
Like us on  Wakulla County Swine Show

WCHS features Ouzt’s Too Oyster Bar for Our September 8th Meeting

Ouzt's Too

Learn the history behind Ouzt’s Too Oyster Bar

Visit Wakulla County Historical Society to read more about our first meeting of the new WCHS 2015 year. This special event will feature historic Newport, FL and specifically, Ouzt’s Too Oyster Bar. Read more about it at http://wakullahistory.org/

We hope to see you there. Please call Betty Green, 926-7405 or 766-9305…email bgreen@nettally.com if you would like to have dinner at Ouzt’s Too.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Museum and Archives

Join us for the upcoming Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Wakulla County Historical Society Museum and Archives, Friday, July 31, 1:00 p.m and our Open Open House on Saturday, August 1, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

We would love to have you with us.

Grand Opening Aug 1

Get Your Tickets For Wakulla Homecoming: A Heritage Event Concert

Lari WhiteOur exciting fundraiser is coming this Saturday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. at Wakulla High School. Lari White, descendent of Wakulla County natives, will produce this fantastic evening of entertainment like we have not seen before in Wakulla County. Act quickly to purchase your tickets at http://www.wakullahistory.org.

“Blue Light Special” on concert tickets  $30.00 tickets now $20.00. Contact Murray  McLaughlin at murrmac@comcast.net or 850-519-5063

All proceeds go to support our Wakulla County Historical Society Heritage Village Park project.

Friday evening, we are offering you a chance to “meet and greet the stars” at historic Wakulla Springs. The cost is $65 for the evening which includes your concert ticket in the V.I.P. section.

Wakulla Homecoming: A Heritage Event “Blue Light Special”

HVP Concert Ticket

Special! Get in touch with Murray McLaughlin for the “Blue Light Special” on concert tickets at murrmac@comcast.net

Concert April 25th 7 p.m. :Wakulla Homecoming: A Heritage Event

Featuring: Lari White, Chuck Cannon, Bryan Edwards, Rick Ott, Lyndsay Sparkman, and Jerry Evans on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the auditorium of Wakulla High School, 3237 Coastal Highway, Crawfordville, Florida.
Tickets are $35/$30/$20 each and are available online at wakullahistory.tix.com and at the box office during business hours. The event is A From The Heart Studio-Concert Production.
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