Calling All Wakulla County Artisans!

posted Nov 17, 2017, 6:04 PM by Gayla Kittendorf

The Wakulla County Museum and Archives, located in the Old Jail in Crawfordville, is looking for items from local artisans to sell in the Museum Gift Shop.  We wish to present handcrafted artwork from the citizens of Wakulla County, such as, paintings, prints, pottery, sugarcane syrup, honey, stationary, jewelry, clothing accessories, etc.  Items would be offered to the public on a consignment basis.  The Wakulla County Historical Society will handle advertising and promotion of the items. 


Please contact us at 926-1110 to participate in the Museum Artisan Gift Shop!

2017 Open House - December 2

posted Nov 17, 2017, 6:02 PM by Gayla Kittendorf

Open House Flyer

November Program - The Rehwinkels

posted Nov 2, 2017, 12:24 PM by Gayla Kittendorf   [ updated Nov 2, 2017, 12:25 PM ]

Wakulla County Historical Society November 2017 Program "The Rehwinkel Family"
Submitted by Helen A. Strickland, VP - Programs

The Wakulla County Historical Society will be featuring Mr. Mark Hudson on November 14th, 7:00 pm at the Wakulla County Public Library. 

Mark Hudson is a fourth generation Wakulla Countian on his mother Miriam Rehwinkel Hudson's side.  Mark has extensive extended family in Wakulla County, including the Alligoods, Boatwrights, Greens, Boyettes, Rakers, Duggars, Towles, Allens, Moodys, McCallisters, and then the lists jumps to Gadsden, Jefferson, Jackson, Polk counties and into Georgia.

On November 14th, Mark will be telling us about his great-great-grandfather, Henry Charles Rehwinkel, Sr. (1837-1929), who emigrated from Hanover, Germany, in 1856 to New York, where he worked as a gardener. He decided to move south, stopping for a while in Savannah and Columbus, Georgia.  He finally made it to Wakulla County after the War Between the States, and Mark will tell you the rest of the story.

Mark will also have a display of old clocks, which have been passed down in his family, to share with us.

This should be a most interesting program. His great-grandfather, Henry Charles Rehwinkel, Jr. (1876-1969), was a census enumerator on the 1920, 1930 and 1940 records in Wakulla County. Many of us remember Mark's grandparents, Roy and Florence Moody Rehwinkel; they had a mercantile and feed store in Crawfordville, right on the corner of Crawfordville Highway and Arran Road.  His parents were Bert and Miriam Rehwinkel Hudson. Bert Hudson was considered an authority on raising and managing livestock and he authored a text book on cattle diseases in the early 60's.  His father's brother was Jewell Hudson, a lawyer in Wakulla County for many years; he donated the land for Hudson and Azalea parks.

Please make plans to join us on November 14th for the story of a true Wakulla County family.




Bo Lynn Celebration

posted Nov 2, 2017, 7:07 AM by Gayla Kittendorf

Bo Lynn Celebration of Recognition Event for National Registry

Genealogy Meeting - November 2

posted Oct 24, 2017, 3:07 PM by Gayla Kittendorf

We invite you to attend our Genealogy Group meeting on Thursday, November 2, 6:30 PM at the Wakulla County Public Library.  Brent Thurmond and staff from the Wakulla County Clerk of Courts will be giving a presentation on “Using Your Courthouse.”  They will let us know what records they have and available formats of these records. 


This will be a very good program.  Even if your roots are not in Wakulla County, this will give you an idea of records you can find in other county courthouses as well.


We look forward to seeing you there.



Carolyn Harvey, Genealogy Chairman

Wakulla County Historical Society

Thank You, Gatortrax!

posted Oct 12, 2017, 4:25 PM by Gayla Kittendorf

A big “Thank You!” to Rodney and Shannon True, owners of The Garden Center by Gatortrax, for loaning us the beautiful ferns that adorned the stage at our annual banquet October 10! Be sure to stop by The Garden Center to thank them in person and “Like” them on Face Book.

The Garden Center by Gatortrax

18 McCallister Road

Crawfordville, FL  32327

Phone (850) 545-2901

Rodney & Shannon True, Owners

The Garden Center by Gatortrax


Scheduled Performances By: Ernest Toole, singing “Stories of Old Florida,” for the remainder of 2017

posted Oct 2, 2017, 12:27 PM by Gayla Kittendorf

Ernest is a member of WCHS and we have all three of his CD's in the Museum gift shop. He writes and sings songs that tell stories of Florida's history. Ernest has also donated many books on Florida history for our library at the Museum. Below are some opportunities to hear him perform.

October 6 & 7, 2017: Florida Caverns State Park, 3345 Caverns Road, Marianna, FL. 32446, Caverns Cultural Celebration, Held at the Hickory Pavilion 9:00am to 3:00pm - Central Time.

October 28, 2017: San Marcos de Apalachee Historic State Park, 148 Old Fort Road, St Marks, FL. celebrating International Archaeology Day. 10:00 am to 4:00pm. - Eastern Time.

November 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 2017: Cascades Park, Tallahassee, FL. Held in the Smokey Hollow Village. “Lunch & Learn”. 9:00am to 1:00pm. - Eastern Time.

December 02, 2017: Rivers Landing Park on the Chattahoochee River, 269 Rivers Landing Road, Chattahoochee, FL., 200th Anniversary Commemoration of the Scott Massacre of 1817, 8:00am to 12:00N, - Eastern Time.

2017 Annual Banquet - October 10

posted Sep 20, 2017, 6:36 PM by Gayla Kittendorf   [ updated Sep 21, 2017, 12:09 PM ]

Wakulla County Historical Society

2017 Annual Banquet

October 10, 2017


Wakulla County Historical Society will celebrate another successful year on October 10, 2017. We hope you will join us in ushering in our new board members and officers for 2017-2018. 

The banquet will be held at the Crawfordville First Baptist Church Christian Life Center, located at 3086 Crawfordville Hwy., Crawfordville, Florida.  

Tickets are $25.00 prepaid by mail or at the Museum. 

The caterer will be our local favorite, Judi Bunch, serving roasted pork and chicken with sides of vegetables, desserts and beverages. 

Entertainment this year will be the Chipola Shanachie, straight from the Sopchoppy Opry.  The Chipola Shanachie features three generations of the Alderman ladies - Joan, Amy and Katherine from Liberty County.  Their wonderful music and stories reflects the life and lives of our North Florida pioneers and their spirit.

It will be a privilege this year to honor another recipient of

The Anne Quick Stewart Award for Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. 

Doors will open at 6:00 pm for Membership, Registration and Meet & Greet.

Dinner will be served at 7:00 pm 

Membership Applications available online here.

September 28 - 50 Years of Wakulla High School

posted Sep 14, 2017, 10:22 AM by Gayla Kittendorf   [ updated Sep 14, 2017, 11:08 AM ]

Dear WCHS Members and Friends,   

Our program on 50 Years of Wakulla High School has been rescheduled to Thursday, Sept. 28. 

The Wakulla County Historical Society program on Thursday, September 28 will feature 50 years of Wakulla High School.  The program will begin at 7:00 PM in the Wakulla County Public Library.   

In 1967, three community high schools, Sopchoppy, Crawfordville and Shadeville, were consolidated into one county high school.  Wakulla County High School opened its doors for the first time on August 28, 1967 with an enrollment of 564 students in grades 7 through 12.  History and memories will be shared by Bill Payne, Harold Thurmond, David Miller, David Harvey, Coach J. D. Jones, Judy and Bob Myhre, and Bobby Pearce.  We will have the yearbooks there as well as articles and a slideshow of pictures.   

Come and join us as former students, teachers, coaches, principals and superintendents remember the early days of the school on up to the present.  If you have school memorabilia you would like to show, please feel free to bring what you have.  It promises to be a fun evening of reminiscing and learning more about our county’s high school.   

Each year the Historical Society offers a collectible, limited edition Christmas ornament featuring the history of Wakulla County.  Our 2017 ornament is of Wakulla County High School in 1967.  We will have these ornaments for sale at the meeting for $8 or you can purchase them at the Museum, 24 High Drive in Crawfordville.   

For more information about the Sept. 28 program, please call (850) 926-1110.  We look forward to seeing everyone there. 

Arlene Vause, Secretary

Wakulla County Historical Society    








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