WCHS Program - January 2020 - Sherman’s March on and Destruction of Atlanta

posted Jan 3, 2020, 10:46 AM by Gayla Kittendorf   [ updated Jan 3, 2020, 12:13 PM ]

Steve Frentiss
The Wakulla County Historical Society’s program on Tuesday, January 14 at 4:30 p.m. in the Wakulla County Public Library, 4330 Crawfordville Hwy., Crawfordville, FL, will feature Steve Fentriss with a presentation on Sherman’s March on and Destruction of Atlanta during the Civil War.  Steve will show comparison photographs of the way sites looked then and how they look now. 

It was late summer when a Neptune Beach and childhood neighbor gave Steve a $100 Confederate bill as a parting gift just before his family relocated to Richmond, Virginia. This inspired an interest in Civil War history as he was entering the first grade and while Virginia was preparing for its 1961 – 1965 centennial celebrations. Steve would spend his high school years in Williamsburg, Virginia, the state’s restored colonial capital, and it was here that his first camera was purchased. Upon the chance discovery of a Matthew Brady photograph publication, Steve recognized that many vestiges of the Civil War were still intact and that then-and-now photos may perhaps be of some future historical interest. Over the next four decades Steve and his wife Patty have followed the steps of Brady and other Civil War photographers accumulating and taking hundreds of comparison images. Fascinating people, experiences and adventures have occurred along the way but the $100 Confederate bill has long disappeared.

Steve and Patty found Wakulla County on a visit to Natural Bridge and have been residents since 2016. Steve is a retired real estate appraiser and businessman. Their newest then-and-now presentation is being sponsored by the Wakulla County Historical Society and will feature selected images pertaining to Sherman’s march on and destruction of Atlanta. This presentation begins at 4:30 p.m. on January 14th at the Wakulla County Public Library in Medart. The public is cordially invited and there is no charge to attend this event.

Western & Atlantic Railroad Tunnel


Reminder: WCHS Annual Christmas Open House 2019

posted Dec 5, 2019, 1:52 PM by Gayla Kittendorf

Please join us for our Annual Christmas Open House at the Museum, Saturday, December 7, 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  Sammy Tedder with guitarist Mike Andrews will be doing a concert outside the Museum and all of his CD’s will be available.  They make nice Christmas gifts.  Our Museum Gift Shop is filled with unique locally made and locally produced items that are great Christmas gifts.  Our Open House is always a time of fun and great fellowship with all of our friends and neighbors.  As usual, there will be homemade goodies to snack on. Invite your family and friends to join us!  Everyone is welcome. 

See you there!

Flyer for Annual Open House 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

posted Nov 28, 2019, 7:54 AM by Gayla Kittendorf

Wishing you all a happy, safe, and blessed Thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving

Genealogy Workshop Nov. 15 - Family Tree Maker 2019

posted Nov 9, 2019, 8:39 AM by Gayla Kittendorf   [ updated Nov 9, 2019, 8:41 AM ]

Don't forget to sign up soon!

Genealogy Workshop flyer

September 2019 Program featuring Dale Cox, Historian and Author

posted Oct 29, 2019, 1:39 PM by Gayla Kittendorf

Dale Cox
A new book of international significance is coming to Wakulla on November 12, 2019. Historian Dale Cox, the author, will come speak to the Wakulla County Historical Society and bring his 19th book, “The Fort at Prospect Bluff: The British Post on the Apalachicola and the Battle of Negro Fort.” This is your chance to be one of the first people to put your hands on this authoritative history. The research for the book has spanned most of Cox’s life with numerous discoveries in the last few years. “New evidence changes what we knew about the British Post,” said Mr. Cox.

You can hear from award-winning Author Dale Cox at “The Fort at Prospect Bluff” book signing November 12 at 4:30PM Eastern time at the Wakulla County Public Library, 4330 Crawfordville Hwy.,  Crawfordville, Florida 32327.  For more information, call the Wakulla County Historical Society at 850-926-1110.


WCHS 2019 Annual Meeting

posted Sep 23, 2019, 7:57 PM by Gayla Kittendorf

Please join us for our annual dinner meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at the First Baptist Church of Crawfordville Christian Life Center.  Doors will open at 6:00 pm for a Meet & Greet session and dinner will be served at 6:30 pm.  Again, this year we are asking that you pre-pay for this event.


The Buffet meal will be catered by The Seineyard with fried fish, fried shrimp, fried chicken, cheese grits, baked beans, coleslaw, hushpuppies and tea, as well as homemade desserts. The cost is $25 per person. Please R.S.V.P. by October 4. Checks can be made payable to WCHS and brought by the Museum or mailed to P.O. Box 151, Crawfordville, FL 32326.


We are happy to announce that entertainment will be provided by singer and songwriter Ernest Toole.  Ernest, a citizen of Wakulla County, sings songs of Old Florida.  His CD’s will be available at the dinner.


We will vote on our new slate of officers at the annual meeting.  

Family Tree Maker Event - September 20, 2019

posted Sep 8, 2019, 5:39 PM by Gayla Kittendorf

Family Tree Maker logo

Family Tree Maker Event with the Tallahassee Genealogical Society Tickets, Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 10:00

Family Tree Maker is coming to the Tallahassee Genealogical Society!

Family Tree Maker is teaming up with the Tallahassee Genealogical Society to put on a presentation about what's new and exciting in the newest version, to be released later this summer. Along with the introduction to the newest features, we'll discuss the basic how-to's of Family Tree Maker and give you an insight to the partner printing products, Charting Companion and Family Book Creator. We'll also dive into how to use your DNA results to validate your current family tree.

Please join us for a great event! Come with questions and be ready to learn.

Date and Time

Fri, September 20, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT Add to Calendar


Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee 2810 North Meridian Rd Tallahassee, FL32312

Family Tree Maker, Organizer of Family Tree Maker Event with the Tallahassee Genealogical Society


WCHS September 2019 Program

posted Aug 29, 2019, 6:13 PM by Gayla Kittendorf

Robert Buccellato, author
The Wakulla County Historical Society will meet on Tuesday, September 10, at 4:30 PM at the Wakulla County Public Library.  Our speaker, author Robert Buccellato, will give a presentation on “Rum Runners and Moonshiners of Old Florida”. Please note the new meeting time.

Travel back to one of the most colorful and captivating periods of Florida history, a time when the rebellious spirit of Old Florida challenged the federal government. When Prohibition ended legal production of spirits and ordinary citizens turned to a life of crime. Robert Buccellato the author of Florida Governors: The Lasting Legacies and Jimmy Carter in Plains, shines light on a forgotten time of bootlegged liquors, corrupt rural sheriffs, crafty moonshiners, and panhandle traditions that date back centuries.

Learn about crooked sheriffs, period cocktails, rumrunners vs the coast guard, AND Al Capone's visits to the Panhandle.

Robert Buccellato is the author of Florida Governors Lasting Legacies, Jimmy Carter In Plains The Presidential Hometown, Finding Dan McCarty, and Rum runners and Moonshiners of Old Florida.
Buccellato was the Historian for the Clerk of Courts for Leon County, a position created for him, between 2015-2017. In 2017 he was appointed by Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum to the Canopy Roads Advisory Committee.

Robert lives in Tallahassee Florida with his Wife Stephanie and their sons Croston and Noah.

We invite you to join us for this very interesting presentation.

Genealogy Meeting - September 2019

posted Aug 29, 2019, 4:46 PM by Gayla Kittendorf

Thursday, Sept. 5, 4:00 PM, Wakulla County Public Library 

At our Genealogy meeting, we will learn about one of the new Beta features from called "tags" along with the assistance of The Barefoot Genealogist from This new feature allows you to organize your ancestors by using unique tags that you can create or use the ones they have added to the program. This feature is great for looking for a pattern in your DNA such as immigrants, royalty, pastors, military or whatever you choose according to the available information in your tree.

Plan to bring your computer for assistance in setting up your tags.  Cathy Frank will be leading this meeting along with assistance from Gayla Kittendorf.

****Also, mark your calendars now and save the date for the Family Tree Maker conference tour coming to Tallahassee on September 20! More details soon.***

John Michael Harvey (1946 - 2019)

posted Jul 22, 2019, 10:35 AM by Gayla Kittendorf

John Michael Harvey
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of John Michael Harvey on July 17, 2019. Mike was the husband of Carolyn Wrenn Harvey, one of our board members, and a long-time truly active member of the Wakulla County Historical Society. He will be greatly missed and long remembered by all of us, and our thoughts and prayers are with Carolyn and the rest of his family.

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