It is fortunate that one of the old railroad depots remains as the showpiece of an era gone by to help us collect, archive and display the historic gems of the past. Below are pictured the two Callahan depots that stood side by side from the early 1880s until the original passenger Florida Railroad depot on the left burned about 1917. The two railroads collaborated by doubling the size of the elevated freight depot on the right, adding a clerk's office and ticket sales windows and passenger waiting rooms for white and colored on the far end. It is this building that remains as the headquarters of the West Nassau Historical Society and West Nassau Museum of History. 
A Florida Nonprofit 501(c)3 Tax Exempt Organization






Located Inside the Historic Train Depot at 45383 Dixie Avenue, Callahan
Mail to P.O. Box 1758, Callahan, FL 32011  (904-879-3406)
Proud members of Nassau County Chamber of Commerce
 and Arts and Culture Nassau
Collection of WNHS
Looking northeast with Brandies Avenue to the left and Dixie Avenue to the right. Circa 1880-1890s.
Abner McGehee
This page was last updated: January 8, 2024
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The historic Callahan Train Depot
Emily Baumgartner
Elton Steptoe
John Hendricks
Kim Hoffecker

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                                                                Upcoming Events
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           Thursday, January 25, 6:30p       Monthly dinner and meeting at the Callahan Depot
           Sat, January 27, 10a-2:30p         12th Nassau Art at the Callahan Depot art show and sale
           Thursday, February 22, 6:30p     Monthly dinner and meeting at the Callahan Depot 
           Tues/Thurs Mar 5&7, 12:30p      Senior aged art classes
           Friday, March 8, 6:30p-8p           Wearing of the Green Ice Cream Social and art exhibition
          Thursday, March 23, 6:30p          Monthly dinner and meeting at the Callahan Depot    
          Saturday, April 20, 9a-4p.            19th Railroad Day Festival and Car Show
          Thursday, April 25, 6:30p             Monthly dinner and meeting at the Callahan Depot/elections
          Thursday, May 23, 6:30p             Monthly dinner and meeting at the Callahan Depot
 
            June TBA                                    Callahan History video walking tour
          Thursday, June 27, 6:30p            Monthly dinner and meeting at the Callahan Depot 

                  DINNER AND GENERAL MEETINGS ARE HELD INSIDE THE CALLAHAN TRAIN DEPOT ANNEX
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The depot sat in this, its second location, for generations. This is the southeast corner of the intersection of CSX's north-south double track and the old Florida Railroad line that went in front of Brandies Hardware. In the 1980s, it was acquired by the historical society and underwent a $100K renovation. This end of the depot was built in 1881 of Victorian architecture. The lower opposite end was built circa 1910 and became the passenger waiting rooms and agent's office.
Before Restoration
Board of Directors of
 the West Nassau Historical Society
 2023-2024

Emily Baumgartner, Kim Hoffecker, Marge Powell,
Jerry Peterson, John Hendricks, Elton Steptoe, 
Debbie Stokes, Tracy Connors, Linda Conley 
2023-2024 Board of Directors
Collection of WNHS


SPECIAL THANKS TO THESE SUPPORTERS
Golden Spike level
Florida Power and Light
CSX Transportation
Okefenoke Rural Electric Co-op Foundation
First Baptist Church of Callahan
Town of Callahan
Rayonier
WestRock

Silver Spike level
Bob Eubanks - Rusty Acres
Anchor Church
Schwend Insurance
AA Bottle Gas and Fuel
Brandies Ace Hardware
West Fraser. Inc.
Arts and Culture Nassau

Bronze Spike Level
Davis Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram
Vystar Credit Union
Southeastern Bank


 
The West Nassau Historical Society is an active member of Arts and Culture Nassau, an advocacy of the arts throughout Nassau County. For more info, visit..
General meetings
4th Thursdays of each month
at the historic Callahan Train Depot
6:30 pm meal
7:00 pm meeting
Admission is free and open
 to public but donations
 are gladly accepted


NACD Art Show & Shop
Saturday, January 27
WELCOME
The West Nassau Historical Society is an all-volunteer 501c3.
To donate to our group, call us today. 904 879-3406,
or click here to download a donation form to mail in to us with check.
     We welcome you to our Internet site and hope to introduce you to what we have to offer at our historic Callahan depot headquarters and museum within the depot. We are in our 43rd year of caring about the future of our past. We are an all-volunteer organization looking for like-minded individuals and businesses who share our interests. Download a membership application below and join us in celebrating and preserving our rich and diverse history.

    Though we are located at the historic Callahan Train Depot in the heart of western Nassau County, we like our colleagues from the Yulee Historic Council and Amelia Island Museum of History, are interested in ALL of our county's history. However, our primary focus is on the western half of the county: from the banks of the tea-colored St. Marys River to Thomas Creek, from the towns of Bryceville, Boulougne, Callahan, and Hilliard to the ghost towns of Italia, Dyal, Crawford, and Gross and the vast timberlands that lay in between. 

     The historical society's theme is aimed at the history of the railroad which opened up the interior of Nassau County and much of the rest of the wilderness of the south and west. David Yulee's Florida Railroad began at new Fernandina, was finished through central Nassau County by mid-1856 and completed to Cedar Key by 1861.  

West Nassau Historical Society Seeks Nassau County Artists for their 12th annual NACD Art Show on January 27, 2024 

  The West Nassau Historical Society is actively seeking local adult and student artists to participate in their 12th annual Nassau Art at the Callahan Depot (NACD) art show. The judged event is designed to provide a venue to showcase the many talented artists who reside or attend a middle or senior high school in Nassau County, Florida. The art exhibit will be held inside the historic Callahan Train Depot located at 45383 Dixie Avenue on Saturday, January 27, 2024. The quaint ambiance of the 143- year-old station and museum offers the perfect venue for local artists to display their works, while giving the public a chance to check out many historic photos and artifacts on display inside the depot. Adult artists will be judged on 3 art works each, but may have more art works for sale in our designated art shop. The all-volunteer nonprofit organization hopes all Nassau County artists will visit their web site www.wnhsfl.org for entry applications and art show information. Deadline for entering is noon on Friday, January 19.

  Prizes will be awarded to the adult artists with the best art work in three categories: painting, photography, and 3-D art. The public attending the NACD event will also be given a chance to vote for their favorite art work with that artist receiving a People's Choice award. Gift cards and other prizes will be awarded to the top winners of each category. The students' art works will also be judged and the winners awarded prizes. The NACD art show is open to the public from 10 AM to 2:30 PM, with a one hour break from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM. The iconic 1881 Train Depot will be closed for this hour to allow for the art entries to be judged. During this intermission members of the Historical Society will serve a luncheon for the artists and sponsors inside the train station annex. The Depot will then reopen to the public at 1:30 PM with refreshments and the awards ceremony. Admission to the 12th edition of the NACD art show is free but donations are always appreciated.

  The West Nassau Historical Society is a registered all-volunteer 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to preserving and promoting Nassau County’s history and culture and is entrusted with the upkeep of the historic late Victorian-style Callahan Train Depot. We are also active in Arts and Culture Nassau, a county-wide organization dedicated to promoting the arts in Nassau County. To become a sponsor or volunteer or for more details on entering the NACD Art Show, download a form. The West Nassau Historical Society is always looking for new members and volunteers to help us promote our county's rich history and culture and to host historical and cultural events such as this, so contact us today.
The West Nassau Historical Society will host the 19th Railroad Day Festival and Car Show on Saturday, April 20. The all-volunteer 501c3 nonprofit will hold the Arts/Craft Fair portion from 9a-4p at the new Depot Park Pavilion and adjacent railroad bed next to the historic Callahan Train Depot. Live entertainment will be hosted from the Depot PAV Pavilion. Kids area will be hosted by Joel Pace Piano and Music from the Callahan Depot back stage. This year's festival will highlight and celebrate Nassau County's 200th birthday. Callahan Cruisers will host the classic car show from 10a-2p at Cochrane's Collision Center across the street from the Callahan Depot. The West Nassau Historical Society needs sponsors, members and volunteers to help make this yearly festival a huge success. Please contact Emily or John at the West Nassau Historical Society at 904 879-3406 to donate, join or volunteer.  

19th Railroad Day Festival
and Car Show to be held on Saturday, April 20, at the Callahan Depot and adjacent Depot Park Pavilion and Railbed
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West Nassau Historical Society Select March 5 and 7 for Their Two Senior Citizens Art Classes to be Held at Callahan Train Depot
The West Nassau Historical Society is pleased to announce the offering of two art classes for senior citizens age 55 and over scheduled for this March. Each class will be held at the historic Callahan Train Depot annex at 45383 Dixie Avenue. Art supplies and canvases will be provided by the Historical Society. A signed entry form and nominal fee are required for each participant to attend the classes. These two classes will be held from 12:30p to 2:30p on Tuesday, March 5 and Thursday, March 7 and will be taught by talented Nassau County artist and instructor Ed Mosher. Ed began painting as a young child and has been sharing his impressions of nature through art ever since. He and his wife have resided on Amelia Island for over 30 years and Ed is an active part of the Plantation Artists' Guild and Gallery since its early beginnings. 

Class fees are $15 for one class or $25 for both classes. Class sizes are limited so preregistration is required. A registration form is available from the West Nassau Historical Society website www.wnhsfl.org or by calling 904-879-3406. Mail the completed form with payment to the West Nassau Historical Society on the address on the form. A $2 handling fee will be added to debit and credit card payments. The finished artwork will be exhibited during the Wearing of the Green Ice Cream Social on Friday, March 8, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at the Callahan Train Depot. Joel Pace Piano and Music students will be preforming during this 90-minute exhibition. Admission to this Friday night reception is free and open to public, but donations are kindly accepted. The West Nassau Historical Society is an all-volunteer nonprofit dedicated to the promotion of history and culture in Nassau County, Florida. The group is also an active member of Arts and Culture Nassau, an advocacy group for the arts and cultural events county wide.