Wakulla County Historical Society

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Buy A Brick, Leave A Legacy

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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.    

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.

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 Homecoming: A Heritage Event Tickets Now Available

Concert to Benefit Heritage Village Park

The 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 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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WCHS to feature Robert Buccellato, author of Florida Governors: Lasting Legacies.

Wakulla County Historical Society Second Tuesday Program
February 10, 7:00 PM, Wakulla County Public Library

The Wakulla County Historical Society’s February 10 program features Robert Buccellato, author of a new book entitled Florida Governors: Lasting Legacies.  This 128 page book with 194 photographs will be released by Arcadia Publishing on February 2.  “Florida has a rich and diverse history, with a wealth of exciting events and colorful characters that form a brilliant narrative for any lover of history,” Buccellato said.  Highlights of this book include a foreword by Governor Wayne Mixon, new insights into forgotten figures of Florida’s past, and 200 years of Florida history covered in one book.  The Historical Society will have these books available for sale at the February 10 meeting and in the Old Jail Gift Shop in the WCHS Museum & Archives.

Robert Buccellato, 28, is a noted historian of the Florida governorship and the authorized biographer of Governor Wayne Mixon.  His second book on the Life and Politics of Florida’s 39th Governor will be released by The History Press in August 2015.  He is a graduate of Florida State University and lives in Crawfordville with his wife Stephanie.

Wayne Mixon served as lieutenant governor during the Bob Graham administration and became Florida’s 39th governor in January 1987 when Graham stepped down to take his seat in the United States Senate.  Mixon served as governor for three days until Bob Martinez’s inauguration.

For more information contact the Wakulla County Historical Society Museum & Archives, located at 24 High Drive in Crawfordville, at 850-926-1110 or 24research@gmail.com. Business Hours are Thursday/Friday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

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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Sammy Tedder Featured At November 11 Meeting

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

SAMMY TEDDER

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.

Home’s new home | TheWakullaNews.com

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

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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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