ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE - December 1, 2018

posted Nov 27, 2018, 7:49 PM by Gayla Kittendorf   [ updated Nov 27, 2018, 8:01 PM ]

The Wakulla County Historical Society invites you to attend our Annual Christmas Open House at the Museum, 24 High Drive in Crawfordville, on Saturday, December 1, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  All are invited to come and have a great time with us. 

We will have several activities going on at this event.  We will have tents set up outside the Museum with a live performance by Sammy Tedder with guitarist Mike Andrews, and refreshments.  Sammy will have his CD’s and movies available as well. 

Inside the Museum we will have a book signing by Eddie Page, local historian and author of Images of America: Wakulla County.  His book will be available for purchase through the Museum Gift Shop, or if you already have this book, you may bring it for Eddie to sign.  

These books and CD’s are great Christmas gifts, and our Museum Gift Shop is filled with many other nice gift items as well.  Our theme is An Old Fashion Christmas and I know you will enjoy seeing this exhibit which will include a tree of ornaments made by students in our Wakulla County schools. 

We look forward to seeing you on December 1 for a good time of fun and fellowship with friends.


Arlene Vause, Secretary

Wakulla County Historical Society

November 2018 Program - John Y. Roberts on the Community of St. Marks

posted Oct 31, 2018, 8:16 PM by Gayla Kittendorf   [ updated Oct 31, 2018, 8:16 PM ]

St. Marks
The Wakulla County Historical Society program on Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 PM, will be held at the Wakulla County Public Library, 4330 Crawfordville Hwy.  The presentation led by John Y. Roberts will feature a panel of lifelong residents of the historic village of St. Marks who will share their memories of life there as well as talk about life there today. You will also get a condensed version of the colorful history of St. Marks, from the home of the Apalachee Indians and the arrival in the area of the Spanish expedition of Panfilo de Narvaez in 1528.  Because of its strategic location at the confluence of the St. Marks and Wakulla Rivers, the Spanish constructed a fort at that location, Fort San Marcos de Apalache, in 1679.  During their periods of occupation, the flags of Spain, England, America, and the Confederacy flew over the fort until 1865. 

Admission is free and open to the public, and we believe all who attend will enjoy the program and come away with an appreciation for the little village of St. Marks situated on the beautiful St. Marks River.  For more information, please call the Historical Society at (850) 926-1110.  We look forward to seeing you there.


What's My Name?

posted Oct 22, 2018, 12:02 PM by Gayla Kittendorf   [ updated Oct 22, 2018, 12:08 PM ]

WHAT'S MY NAME? Below is a photo of a Wakulla Masons gathering at the Courthouse in 1948. Do you recognize any of these faces? If so, comment below or send an email to Make sure to include where you see them in the photo.Starting with the Front Row: 1._____2._____3._____4._____5._____6.______7._____ 8._____9._____ Row 2: 1._____2._____3._____4._____5._____6._____7._____ Row 3: 1._____2._____3._____4._____5._____6._____7._____ Row 4:1. (standing)_____2._____3._____4._____5._____ 6._____7._____ Row 5: 1._____2._____3._____4._____5._____6._____7._____8._____Row 6:1._____2._____3._____4._____5._____6._____7._____8._____ Side Row (left side of photo) 1._____2._____3._____4._____5._____6._____

Wakulla Masons gathering in the courthouse, 1948

2018 Annual Meeting Rescheduled

posted Oct 15, 2018, 7:18 PM by Gayla Kittendorf

Dear WCHS Members and Friends,

The Historical Society's annual dinner has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Oct. 23.  It is being held at Crawfordville Baptist Church Christian Life Center.  Doors will open at 6:00 PM and the buffet meal catered by The Seineyard will begin at 6:30.  The cost is $25 and we are asking that you prepay. 

If you did not previously sign up, but would now like to attend since the date changed, please let me know. 

Thank you.

Arlene Vause, Secretary
Wakulla County Historical Society

Genealogy Lab - October 4

posted Sep 25, 2018, 6:26 PM by Gayla Kittendorf

Wakulla Genealogy Group logo

Thursday, Oct. 4, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM – The Wakulla Genealogy Group will be in the computer lab to assist anyone with research on and as well as other helpful resources for finding your family.  You may bring your laptop or use the Library’s computers.

Annual Meeting - 2018

posted Sep 17, 2018, 7:04 PM by Gayla Kittendorf

Dear Wakulla County Historical Society Members and Friends,


We are getting ready to close our 2017-2018 season and begin a new exciting year.  Please mark your calendars and join us the second Tuesday of each month, September through May, for our ongoing historical society programs.


Please join us for our annual dinner meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Crawfordville Christian Life Center.  Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for a Meet & Greet session and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.  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 5.  Checks can be made payable to WCHS and brought by the Museum or mailed to P.O. Box 151, Crawfordville, FL 32326. 


Our program will be a presentation on Oyster Aquaculture by Bob Ballard of TCC’s Wakulla Environmental Institute.     


We will vote on our new slate of officers at the annual meeting. Following are the nominations for 2018-2019:  Executive Officers: President, Debra Jay; Vice-President, Position Vacant; Treasurer, Jennifer Raker; and Secretary, Arlene Vause. Board of Directors: Cathy Frank, Carolyn Harvey, Cal Jamison, Gayla Kittendorf, Mary Ann Laird, Tanya Lynn, Mark Perrin, and Rita Sparkman. Associate Directors: Brent Thurmond, Karen Taylor, Susan Turner, Randy Lewis, Richard Harden, Lynn Thompson, Diane Curlee and Murray McLaughlin.


The Historical Society completed a number of accomplishments in the 2017-2018 year.   I would like to mention some of the projects we have completed in the last 12 months.


·       Heritage Village:  The Laird House was moved to its new location in the Heritage Village Park in July.  Grant money also allowed us to repair the Smith Creek School flooring.  Amid all this construction and moving activity, we were able to get electricity and water service installed at the park.  Much appreciation to Walter and Sandra Vidak, Cal Jamison and Contractor Lou Callaghan for pulling this project together.

·       Brick Memorial Patio:  This summer also saw the completion of the brick memorial patio in front of the Old Jail Museum and Archives building.  If you have not seen it, you must stop by and look at the wonderful work done by Mason Matt Snyder.  There is plenty of room for you to buy that brick for a special someone in your family and have it placed in the patio.  A special thank you to Wakulla County employees Cody Solburg and Deputy Leif Sparby for their assistance in this project.

·       Old Jail Renovations:  One-half of the second floor was renovated with carpeting and paint.  We are completing renovation of the remainder of the second floor this month.  We can now start on the task of organizing and storing our collections in the restored space that the renovations have provided.  Again Rita Sparkman and Billy Tully have led the charge on getting this renovation completed.

·       Quarterly:  Another great year of the WCHS Quarterly.  This periodical is full of great stories and information.  Thank you to Arlene Vause, Tanya Lynn and Cathy Frank for their continued dedication to this publication.


I want to express my appreciation for all the hard work of our volunteers and the support from our members and the community.  It takes a lot of time and commitment from many people to keep the Old Jail Museum and Archives alive and well.  This year we will be saying goodbye to Betty Green as she is moving out of state to be with her daughter.  She will be greatly missed but she leaves behind a legacy of years of research and documentation of the history of Wakulla County at the museum.  She is a special lady.  Be sure to come to the annual dinner meeting for a chance to say goodbye to Betty.


Thank you for your support!





Debra Jay


September 2018 Program - Dale Cox

posted Aug 9, 2018, 6:54 PM by Gayla Kittendorf   [ updated Aug 9, 2018, 7:00 PM ]

Call 926-1110 for more information.

Flyer for Dale Cox Program - September 2018

What's My Name?

posted Aug 9, 2018, 6:29 PM by Gayla Kittendorf   [ updated Aug 9, 2018, 6:31 PM ]

After a two-month hiatus, we have a new photo and a new mystery for this month. This is from a photo taken by Cal Jamison inside the cupola of the old Courthouse across the street from our museum. It has been cropped and re-oriented to make it easier to read. It appears to be "F.M.+D.F. 5/24/37." Does anyone know who these initials belong to? We'd love to know the story! If you know, please reply to or comment on the post on Facebook.

Graffiti in old courthouse cupola

See What We Have at the Gift Shop!

posted Aug 9, 2018, 6:11 PM by Gayla Kittendorf

Whispers from Verdura (book cover)
Now in!  Whispers from Verdura is a fascinating and dynamic look at Benjamin Chaires and how he helped shape the early history of Florida. Whether your interest lies in his influence, his family, or Florida history, you will find it difficult to put this book down once you begin reading it.  Includes a bibliography and notes on the ancestry and family of Benjamin Chaires.

Find this and other books, as well as local artisan crafted items in the Museum Gift Shop. Come visit us!

What's My Name?

posted May 7, 2018, 7:25 PM by Gayla Kittendorf   [ updated May 9, 2018, 5:15 PM ]

These are in the Green Family notebook at the Museum. Betty Green thinks they may be Rakers. Can you identify the people in these two photos? Any idea of the occasion, place? If so, send an email to or leave a comment on the post on Facebook.

Back Row: _____________, _________________
Front Row _____________ , Jenny Lee Crawford

1. _____________, 2. ______________, 3. Jenny Lee Crawford

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