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.  

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: September 12, 2021
2018-2019 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, August 26, 6:30 pm                       August dinner and meeting at the Depot.
          Thursday, Sep  23, 6:30 pm                          Sept dinner and meeting at the Depot.
          Friday, Oct 8, 6;30p-8p                                  Ice Cream Social and evening of discovery
          Fri Oct 15-Sat Oct 23                                    Trains and Turpentine display at NE Fla Fair                         Thursday, Oct 28, 6:30 pm                            Oct dinner and meeting at the Depot.
          Saturday, Nov 6, 9a-4p                                 5th Hobos, Hot Rods, and Heroes
          Thursday, Nov 18, 6:30 p                              Thanksgiving dinner meeting
          Friday, Nov 19, 6p - 8p                                 Callahan Depot Christmas Tree lighting
          Saturday, Dec 4, 9a-3p                                 Callahan Christmas Festival and Parade
          Saturday, January 22, 10a-2:30p                 10th Nassau Art at the Callahan Depot art show
          Saturday, April 2, 9a-4p                                 17th Railroad Day Festival and Car Show 
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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 2018-2019.
L-R: Emily Baumgartner, President, Kim Hoffecker, interim Secretary; 
Marge Powell; Jerry Peterson, Liz Mobley;
 John Hendricks, Treasurer; Elton Steptoe, Vice President; Jan Johannes, co-founder; Frank Geoghagan, archives chair (seated); not shown, Paul McMullan

2018-2019 Board of Directors
Collection of WNHS

Golden Spike level
CSX Transportation
Community Foundation for Northeast Florida
Town of Callahan
Rayonier Advanced Materials

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

Monthly meetings
6:30 PM
4th Thursdays
5th annual
Hobos, Hot Rods, Heroes Festival and Classic Car Show

Saturday, Nov 6 

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..
Wearing of the Green
Ice Cream Social and Evening of Discovery
March 2022
6:30 PM - 8 PM
Musical Performances by Joel Pace Piano Music Students
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
Ice Cream Social and Evening of Discovery
 Friday Oct 1
6:30 PM - 8 PM
Musical Performances by Joel Pace Piano Music Students.
West Nassau Historical Society to Host the 48th annual Town of Callahan Christmas Parade and Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021
West Nassau Historical Society press release (Aug 22, 2021)

The West Nassau Historical Society is pleased to announce that they will be hosting the 48th annual Town of Callahan Christmas Parade and Craft Fair on Saturday, December 4, 2021. The craft fair will be held on the historic rail bed that runs between Dixie and Brandies Avenues and is held between 9a and 3p. Set up time is 7a-9a. Click below for art/s craft vendor form.

The 48th annual Town of Callahan Christmas Parade will start promptly at 11am and runs down US 1 from Dixie Ave. to 5th Avenue. Parade will then turn down 5th and proceed to the disassembly area on Warrior Drive. Line up starts along Dixie Ave at 9am and participants must be in line by 10am. Theme for this year's parade is: Days of Christmas Past. More details and parade runs are on the parade entry form. Click below for parade entry from.

The 48th Town of Callahan Christmas parade and craft fair is made possible by a generous donation from the Town of Callahan. All proceeds go to the West Nassau Historical Society, an all-volunteer nonprofit dedicated to the discovery and documentation of our rich and diverse history and culture of Nassau County, particularly the western half. We are always in need of new members and volunteers to join our group and help plan future plans and projects.

Click here for parade entry form

Click here for arts/craft vendor form

Call 904-879-3406 for food vendor information.