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
Looking northeast with Brandies Avenue to the left and Dixie Avenue to the right. Circa 1880-1890s.
This page was last updated: August 9, 2022
The historic Callahan Train Depot
Members of the society and guests gathering before the April 24, 2014 membership meeting.
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Thursday, August 25, 6:30 pm Monthly dinner and meeting at the Depot.
September TBA Bryceville history walking tour
Thursday, September 22, 6:30 pm Monthly dinner and meeting at the Depot.
Friday, September 30, 6:30 pm Evening of Discovery Ice Cream Social
Thursday, Oct 13 - Sat Oct 22 Trains and Turpentine display at the NE Florida Fair
Thursday, October 27, 6:30 pm Monthly dinner and meeting at the Depot.
Saturday, Nov 5, 9a-4p 6th Hobos, Hot Rods, and Heroes festival, car show, and student art
Saturday, Dec 3, Callahan Christmas Parade 11 am, Arts/craft Fair 9am - 3 pm
DINNER AND GENERAL MEETINGS ARE HELD INSIDE THE CALLAHAN TRAIN DEPOT ANNEX
Copyright 2014 by the WNHS.
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.
Board of Directors of the West Nassau Historical Society 2021-2022.
L-R: Emily Baumgartner, Kim Hoffecker, Marge Powell; Jerry Peterson,
Liz Mobley; John Hendricks, Elton Steptoe, Frank Geoghagan,
2021-2022 Board of Directors
SPECIAL THANKS TO THESE SUPPORTERS
Golden Spike level
Okefenoke Rural Electric Co-op Foundation
First Baptist Church of Callahan
Town of Callahan
Silver Spike level
Bob Eubanks - Rusty Acres
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
WEST NASSAU HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO HOST
THE 49TH CALLAHAN CHRISTMAS PARADE AND CRAFT FAIR ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3RD
(West Nassau Historical Society Press Release, 08/07/2022)
The West Nassau Historical Society will again host the 49th annual Town of Callahan Christmas Parade and Craft Fair on Saturday, December 3rd. The all-volunteer 501c3 nonprofit will host the Arts/Craft portion from 9a-3p at the historic Callahan Train Depot and adjacent railroad bed. The 49th Callahan Christmas Parade will line up on Dixie Avenue and begin proceeding south on US 1 through downtown Callahan at 11 am. Return route will follow the newly resurfaced Booth Street north back to Dixie Avenue. More information on the parade and arts/craft fair will be announced in the coming weeks. For parade and arts/craft vendor info, visit www.wnhsfl.org. The West Nassau Historical Society needs sponsors and volunteers to help make this yearly community tradition a huge success, so contact the Historical Society at 904 879-3406 to donate or volunteer.
Click here to download parade entry form.
(form available August 20)
Click here to download a sponsor form.
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..
Evening of Discovery
Ice Cream Social
Fri, Sept 30, 2022
6:30 PM - 8 PM
AT THE HISTORIC
Musical Performances by Joel Pace Piano Music Students
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,
Hobo, Hotrods, Heroes Festival, Car Show and Veterans Appreciation is Saturday, Nov 5
2022 Hobos, Hot Rods and Heroes festival, car show and veterans appreciation is scheduled for Saturday, November 5th, from 9a to 4p on the historic Callahan Train Depot grounds and adjacent Florida Railroad rail bed. Live entertainment, food and arts/crafts vendors, exhibits and displays. Classic Car Show from 10a to 2p hosted by Callahan Cruisers and Cochrane's Collision Center. Kids area hosted by Joel Pace Piano and Music. Veterans Appreciation at 10:45 am. Silent auction and other fund raising events. Sponsorships are available. The West Nassau Historical Society is an all-volunteer nonprofit and Hobo Day is our autumn fundraiser. For more information on Hobo Day or our group, visit our website at www.wnhsfl.org or like our Facebook page.
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.