Wakulla County Historical Society

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

Archive for the category “Genealogy”

Do You Need Help Discovering Your Ancestors?

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Wakulla County Museum and Archives has highly trained Genealogy specialist to assist you with finding your family.

Call 850-926-1110 to make an appointment.

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“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”!

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Visit the “Old Jail Shop”

Visit us at http://www.shop.wakullahistory.com/ to see what we have in our store. We have been updating the shopping cart, if you have any questions, contact us.

 

 

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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Wakulla County Courthouse Burned in 1892

Did you ever wonder why you couldn’t find all of Wakulla County’s old records? Arlene Vause shared that our courthouse burned in 1892. The land records were saved, but this area has a unique situation with land records. Most of Wakulla County was in what they called the Forbes Purchase which was through the Apalachicola Land Company, a private company out of New York City. So the land bought in the Forbes Purchase was not filed with the county and state. Therefore, land records from back then are limited, but there are some.

Celebrity Visits Wakulla Museum And Archives

Wakulla County Historical Society reaches our local area and far beyond with important genealogical information. Recently, we had a celebrity from California, with roots in Wakulla County, visit the Museum. Read all about it in the “WCHS Historic News In Review.” Call 850-926-1110 to get your copy or visit the Museum and Archives.

Come See What Is Happening At The Museum

Wakulla County Historical Society Museum

The WCHS Museum staff has been busy! There are a lot of new, reasonably priced items for sale. Great selection from historic book to bird feeders with items to please every age. Remember, if you are a member, you will receive 10% off of your purchase.

Stop by and check us out from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Mary Ann Laird, Gift Shop Manager

Visit our Updated Genealogy Site

Thank you to Craig Kittendorf for updating our Genealogy Site. You can see who is buried in local cemeteries, check out marriages, and obituraries. More projects will be coming soon.

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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

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