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: May 7, 2023
2023-2024 Officers

The historic Callahan Train Depot
Emily Baumgartner
Elton Steptoe
John Hendricks
Kim Hoffecker
Members of the society and guests gathering before the April 24, 2014 membership meeting. 
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                                                                Upcoming Events
​​​           Thursday, May 25, 6: 30 pm                    Monthly dinner, meeting at the Callahan Depot. 
​           Saturday, June 3rd, 9am                        Callahan History walking tour, meet at Callahan Depot
           Thursday, June 22. 6:30 pm                   Monthly dinner, meeting at the Callahan Depot.
           ​Saturday, July 15, 10a-3p                      Youth art classes, see entry form above
           Friday, July 21, 6:30 pm                         Red, White & You Ice Cream Social, Joel Pace Music
           Thursday, July 27, 6:30 pm                    Monthly dinner and meeting at the Callahan Train Depot
           Thursday, August 24, 6:30 pm                Monthly dinner and meeting at the Callahan Train Depot
           Thursday, September 28, 6:30 pm         Monthly dinner and meeting at the Callahan Train Depot
           Thurs, Oct 12-21, various time              Trains and Turpentine Display at the NE Florida Fair
           Thursday, October 26, 6:30 pm             Monthly meeting and dinner at the Callahan Train Depot
           Saturday, November 4, 9a-4p                Hobo and Heroes Festival, 9a-4p
           Thursday, November 16, 6:30p             Thanksgiving dinner and meeting at the Callahan Depot
           Sat, December 2, 9a-3p,parade 11a     Official 50th Callahan Christmas Parade and Craft Fair         

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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

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

Golden Spike level
CSX Transportation
Okefenoke Rural Electric Co-op Foundation
First Baptist Church of Callahan
Town of Callahan

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
West Nassau Historical Society Announces Three Summer Art Classes for Youth on Saturday, July 15

The West Nassau Historical Society is pleased to announce the offering of a series of youth summer art classes to be held on Saturday, July 15th.. Each class is age-specific and will be held at the historic Callahan Train Depot at 45383 Dixie Avenue. Art supplies will be provided by the Historical Society. A signed parental/guardian permission form and nominal fee are required for each child attending the classes. The classes being offered are:

Saturday, July 15, 10a - 12p Ages 9 - 13: Landscape paint. - $12 fee*
Saturday, July 15, 1p - 3p Ages 14 - 18: Landscape paint.- $15 fee*
Saturday, July 15, 10a -12p Ages 5 - 8: Shadow Boxes, 3D concept and coloring - $12 fee*
*A $2 handling fee will be added to credit card payments.

Two of the classes will be taught by retired Nassau County educator Erica Dodge. With 21+ years experience in art education, Ms. Dodge specializes in fiber art and enjoys incorporating unusual materials into her art She wants the viewer to spend time searching her art and enjoying the surprises hey find inside. Since retirement, Ms. Dodge has been busy working in her studio specializing in fiber arts and glass fusing. The third class involving shadow boxes will be taught by Historical Society directors Emily Baumgartner and John Hendricks. Hendricks studied spatial design at the University of Florida.

Class sizes are limited to 12 students so preregistration is required. A registration form is available from the West Nassau Historical Society website or by calling 904.879.3406. The children’s artwork will be exhibited at the West Nassau Historical Society Ice Cream Social/exhibition on Friday, July 21st, at 6:30 pm. The West Nassau Historical Society is an active member of Arts and Culture Nassau, an advocacy for art and culture throughout Nassau County. The West Nassau Historical Society is a 501c3, all-volunteer nonprofit dedicated to the promotion of history and culture in Nassau County. 
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 pot luck
7:00 pm meeting
Admission is free and open
 to public but donations
 are gladly accepted

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.