Program Cancellations: Please Read

posted Sep 3, 2021, 12:59 PM by Gayla Kittendorf

Dear WCHS Members and Friends, 

Wakulla County Historical Society Fall Events: 

Diane Swearingen, local author, was scheduled to be the featured speaker at the Historical Society’s program in September.  However, because of the widespread resurgence of COVID in the community, we have made the decision to cancel the September program as well as the annual dinner in October.  We plan to have Diane speak at a future program. 

In the meantime, Diane has just donated to the Historical Society’s Gift Shop copies of her book, The Smallest Tadpole’s War in the Land of Mysterious Waters.  This book is based on the diary of Thomas Swearingen who lived in Wakulla County before, during and after the War Between the States.  These books were donated in memory of Helen Strickland and Clarence Morrison who both had ancestors that were mentioned in the diary.  And to my delight, my 3rd great grandfather, Jesse Langston, is also mentioned in this diary. 

The Museum & Archives at 24 High Drive in Crawfordville is open Thursday and Friday from 10:00 until 4:00 and on Saturday from 10:00 until 2:00.  We welcome you to come in and see our new exhibits, research your family or shop in our Gift Shop filled with items made by local artisans and many books on local history.  

For more information, please call the Museum at 850-926-1110.  


Arlene Vause, Secretary

Wakulla County Historical Society



Recording History of Shadeville and Hyde Park

posted Aug 15, 2021, 9:09 AM by Gayla Kittendorf

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Special to The News
Interviewer Joyce Jefferson with Shadeville graduate Jennie Jones.

Do you have memories of the old Shadeville High School? Do you or your relatives have stories about the Hyde Park community? The Wakulla Historical Society wants to hear from you!
A new initiative seeks to record and document the history of Shadeville High School, the only high school for Wakulla County’s black students during segregation; and Hyde Park, the community surrounding the school.
Leading this effort is Joyce Jefferson, who works with the Florida Memory Project team, a program of the State Library and Archives of Florida. Ms. Jefferson is a current graduate student in Museum Education at Florida State University, and a Wakulla County native, herself. In her work with the Wakulla Historical Society, Ms. Jefferson is conducting oral history interviews with individuals in the community who lived in Hyde Park, and/or attended or worked at Shadeville High School.
The first such oral history interview was conducted with Jennie Jones, a Shadeville High graduate, on Saturday, June 19 at the Wakulla Historical Society Museum and Archives.
Mrs. Jones graduated in the Shadeville High class of 1963, and brought photos and a Shadeville High reunion program, which the Museum scanned for digital preservation.
Participants in the project are always able to keep the originals of any materials they choose to share. The ultimate goal of the project is to showcase documents, mementoes, and oral histories for the public to view online, and at the museum. Says Jefferson of this new initiative with the Wakulla Historical Society: “Oral history is such important work overall, and it’s very important to preserve the stories of African-Americans here in Wakulla County.”
The Wakulla Historical Society is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization operating the Wakulla County Museum and Archives. The Museum is located at 24 High Road in Crawfordville, in the old Wakulla County Jail, across the street from the historic wooden Courthouse. The Museum is open to the public Thursdays and Fridays 10-4pm, and Saturdays 10-2pm. Membership in the Wakulla Historical Society is available to all, at $25 per year. Visit the website at to learn more.
Anyone with stories about Shadeville High School or the Hyde Park community is encouraged to contact the Wakulla Historical Society at (850) 926-1110. The Historical Society asks that you leave a detailed message with your name and a return phone number, so that volunteers may contact you. You may also email the Historical Society directly at

WCHS Cookbook Fundraiser

posted May 3, 2021, 5:27 PM by Gayla Kittendorf

cookbook clip art
WCHS Cookbook Fundraiser:
The Historical Society is putting together a cookbook as a fundraiser. We need your help. Please submit favorite family recipes. You may also send a photograph of your family member or friend whose recipe you are submitting and provide a little information about them.If possible, please type the recipe on the computer and email it to us at You can also bring it by the Museum or mail it to P.O. Box 151, Crawfordville, FL 32326. If you want us to scan your picture into the computer, we can do this while you are at the Museum and give you the original back.

Georgia State Archives Re-opening

posted Mar 29, 2021, 9:39 AM by Gayla Kittendorf

Georgia State Archives Has Reopened for Genealogy Research

29 Mar 2021

The Georgia State Archives in Morrow has reopened by appointment only.

Genealogists and historians now have access to the reference library, microfilm library, computer terminals and original records by appointment. Appointments can be scheduled Tuesdays through Saturdays: Morning: 9:00 to 12:00; afternoon: 1:00 to 4:00.

Please use Ask an Archivist Form  or call 678-364-3710 to schedule your appointment or enquire about resources.

[From Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter (]


posted Dec 1, 2020, 6:49 PM by Gayla Kittendorf

Due to the recent spike in Coronavirus cases, we have decided to cancel our annual Christmas Open House at the Museum.  However, our Gift Shop will be open on Saturday, December 5 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. for anyone wishing to do some Christmas shopping. 

We ask that everyone wear a mask and we will let only one person or group in at a time.  Doors, etc., will be sanitized after each group exits.  We are trying to keep everyone as safe as possible as we provide this opportunity for Christmas shopping. 

The Museum will be closed for the remainder of 2020.  If you wish to purchase something and cannot make it by during those hours next Saturday, please let me know and we will arrange for someone to meet you at the Museum another time.

Everyone stay safe and healthy.


Arlene Vause, Secretary

Wakulla County Historical Society

Phone: 850-926-1110


WCHS Annual Open House 2020

posted Nov 19, 2020, 5:45 PM by Gayla Kittendorf

WCHS 2020 Open House flyer
Please join us for our Annual Christmas House at the Museum on Saturday, December 5, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  We will have vendors set up on the lawn outside the Museum.  Our Gift Shop will be open and we have two new exhibits that we know you will enjoy seeing.  We will follow safety precautions and will only have a limited number of people in the Museum at one time.  We ask that masks be worn. We look forward to seeing you there. 

Holiday shopping?Use AmazonSmile and help WCHS!

posted Nov 16, 2020, 1:06 PM by Gayla Kittendorf

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WCHS 2020 Ornament Is Here!

posted Oct 16, 2020, 5:24 PM by Gayla Kittendorf   [ updated Oct 16, 2020, 5:26 PM ]


2020 WCHS Ornament
The Wakulla County Historical Society is pleased to announce that this year’s ornament, featuring Shadeville High School, is here!

Shadeville High School was the only high school for blacks in Wakulla County. Since blacks could only get an elementary education in Wakulla, the school board was approached and approval obtained for a high school. The local community assisted by donating the land and building materials in addition to county funding. In 1934 the school awarded diplomas to three students in its initial graduating class.

The graduates were Versie Farmer, Andrew Joshua “Bubba” Hargrett, and Lucy Bertha “Maude” Farmer of the Hyde Park community. It is noteworthy that Dr. Hargrett went on to become the first of several Shadeville graduates to earn a PhD.

After providing instruction to black students for thirty-six years, eleven students graduated in the last high school class of 1967 when the Wakulla school district was integrated.

The ornaments can be purchased for $10 at the Museum Gift Shop, located at 24 High Drive in Crawfordville. The Museum and Gift Shop are open Thursday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you have questions, you can reach the Museum at (850) 926-1110 or by email at

We Are Open!

posted Oct 14, 2020, 7:24 AM by Gayla Kittendorf   [ updated Oct 14, 2020, 8:33 AM ]


The Museum and Gift Shop are back to their normal hours! We are open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Museum and Gift Shop are located at 24 High Drive, Crawfordville, FL. Our phone number is (850) 926-1110.

Support WCHS through Amazon Smile!

posted Sep 18, 2020, 8:05 AM by Gayla Kittendorf

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