Genealogy Program - May 3

posted by Gayla Kittendorf

Please publish the attached in your next issue and include in the Community Calendar and the Neighbor, if possible. Thank you!
Gayla Kittendorf, Publicity Chairman

May 3, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Wakulla County Public Library

Our program on Thursday, May 3, 6:30 p.m., at the Wakulla County Public Library will feature Mark Hudson who will share about the Rehwinkel family and how they came to America from Germany and eventually settled in Wakulla County.  If you missed our WCHS program in November, this is an opportunity for you to hear the stories that Mark will tell about the Rehwinkel family and the many families they connect to in Wakulla County.  If you were in attendance at our November program, please join us again and you may even learn something new that was not mentioned before.

Mark Hudson is a 4th 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, and McCallisters. 

On May 3, Mark will be telling us about his great-great-grandfather, Henry Charles Rehwinkel, Sr. (1837-1929), who immigrated 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.

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 textbook on cattle diseases in the early 60's.  His father's brother was Jewell Hudson, a lawyer in Wakulla County for many years.  Jewell donated the land for Hudson and Azalea parks.

Please make plans to join us on May 3rd for the story of a true Wakulla County family. 

Arlene Vause, Secretary

Wakulla County Historical Society

What's My Name?

posted Apr 13, 2018, 4:25 PM by Gayla Kittendorf

We have two photos this month! If you recognize any of the faces, please let us know by commenting on the post on Facebook or sending an email to 

Photo 1
1. __________, 2. __________3. __________, 4. __________, 5.__________.

Photo 2

Genealogy Program - April 5

posted Apr 2, 2018, 6:40 PM by Gayla Kittendorf

Genealogy Program, Thursday, April 5, 6:30 PM, Wakulla County Public Library:


Our speaker is Michael Hutson from Tallahassee Genealogical Society.

“We will discuss digital library resources that can aid in genealogy research. There is an ever growing world of digital libraries out there with books, documents, photos, manuscripts and more to explore. From major sources like Google Books, the Library Of Congress or the Hathi Trust to state and local libraries, every one has something to offer and it may be the gem you have been looking for. “

April 2018 - St. Marks Lighthouse

posted Mar 28, 2018, 7:28 PM by Gayla Kittendorf   [ updated Apr 5, 2018, 7:22 PM ]

Craig Kittendorf
This month’s program of the Wakulla County Historical Society on Tuesday, April 10, will feature Ranger Craig Kittendorf, Saint Marks National Wildlife Refuge, who will present a program on the St. Marks Lighthouse.  This iconic landmark has been standing since 1842 and has recently been undergoing restoration. Mr. Kittendorf, who has researched and continues to research the lighthouse’s history, will give a brief history of the lighthouse and talk about the restorations, including what was found during demolition on the inside of the keeper’s house. Work is expected to be completed in the next few weeks.

The program will be at 7:00 p.m. at the Wakulla County Public Library and is open to the public.


What's My Name?

posted Mar 7, 2018, 8:34 AM by Gayla Kittendorf   [ updated Apr 3, 2018, 3:12 PM ]

This month we're featuring a photo taken of the original Panacea Crab House staff. Do you recognize any of these folks? If so, send an email to or post a comment on our Facebook post. We'll fill in the blanks below as we get identifications. The back row is not exactly straight, so we'll say that the two youngest girls frame the first row, then everyone else is considered to be in the back row.
Back Row: 1__________, 2__________, 3__________, 4__________, 5__________, 6__________, 7. Cecil Nichols(?), 8__________,
9__________, 10__________, 11__________, 12__________, 13__________, 14__________, 15__________, 16__________,
17__________, 18. Robert Nichols, 19_________.
Front Row: 1__________, 2__________, 3. Jeanette Nichols (Fragakis), 4_________, 5__________, 6_________, 7__________, 8__________,
9. Jean Cruse (Nichols).
Original Panacea Crab House Staff

Genealogy Group - March 1 - Irish Genealogy with Amy Hutson

posted Feb 26, 2018, 2:24 PM by Gayla Kittendorf


Thursday, March 1, 6:30 at the Wakulla County Public Library is our genealogy group meeting. Amy Hutson from the Tallahassee Genealogical Society will be doing a program for us on Irish Genealogy Research.

March 2018 Program - Second Annual Show & Tell

posted Feb 22, 2018, 1:29 PM by Gayla Kittendorf   [ updated Feb 22, 2018, 1:30 PM ]

Show and Tell Program Information

Natural Bridge Reenactment 2018

posted Feb 15, 2018, 5:45 PM by Gayla Kittendorf

Natural Bridge Reenactment 2018

What's My Name?

posted Feb 2, 2018, 12:10 PM by Gayla Kittendorf   [ updated Feb 7, 2018, 7:27 AM ]

This month we are featuring two photos that hang in the Museum. There are no labels on these photos, so we'd like your help in identifying these men.  If you think you know, please send an email to or comment on the Face Book post.  Update: The fisherman on the left is believed to be Arnell Keith.

Oysterman                        Seine fisherman

Genealogy Meeting – February 1, 2018

posted Jan 31, 2018, 8:23 AM by Gayla Kittendorf

We invite you to our Genealogy Group meeting on Thursday, February 1st at 6:30 pm at the Wakulla County Public Library.  We will be discussing the Historical Society’s ongoing project “Wakulla Family Folklife Interviews”.  Our interviews are filmed, recorded and transcribed to preserve the wonderful stories of our Wakulla County citizens.


We will be showing an interview that we did with Guy Revell that is both informative and entertaining.  Come and join us to discuss the value of obtaining the oral histories of our community. 





Debra Jay, President

Wakulla County Historical Society

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