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: July 9, 2024
The historic Callahan Train Depot

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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
2024-2025 Officers
President: John Hendricks
Vice-President: Jerry Peterson
Treasurer: Emily Baumgartner
Secretary: Kim Hoffecker

Board of Directors
West Nassau Historical Society

Emily Baumgartner
Linda Conley
Tracy Connors
John Hendricks
Janet Homann
Kim Hoffecker
Jerry Peterson
Marge Powell
Jeanne Scott
Elton Steptoe

Collection of WNHS

Golden Spike Level
Florida Power and Light
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
The West Nassau Historical Society is an active member of Arts and Culture Nassau, supporting 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
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.  

The West Nassau Historical Society will host a series of youth summer art classes on Saturday, July 13th. 

  • Two of the classes will be taught by retired Nassau County educator Erica Dodge. With 22+ years of experience in art education, Ms. Dodge specializes in fiber art and enjoys incorporating unusual materials into her art. 
  • The third class for ages 5 to 8 will be taught by an art teacher TBA.
  • 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 through a grant from Arts and Culture Nassau (ACN).,
  • A signed parental/guardian permission form and nominal fee of $12 are required for each child attending the classes. 
The classes being offered include:
  •  Saturday, July 13, 10a - 12p, Ages 5 - 8 and Ages 9 - 13; 
  • Saturday July 13, 1p - 3p, Ages 14 - 18, $12 fee each student.

 Three Summer Art Classes for Youth
Saturday, July 13
Historic Callahan Train Depot

Upcoming Events

​​Saturday, July 13 
Three Summer Art Classes for Youth
Kids summer art classes, 10 mto 12 pm and  1 pm to 3 pm. 
Download the entry form from or call 904-879-3406 and leave us your email address and we will email you a form.

Friday, July 19, 6:30 pm 
July Red White and You Ice Cream Social, Joel Pace piano and music students to perform.

Saturday, July 25. 
Callahan Train Depot, Meal at 6:30 pm and meeting at 7 pm. Brief discussion on upcoming projects. Guest Speaker: Clyde Davis on the feuds of Nassau County.

August, TBA
Hilliard video walking tour 

Thursday, August 22
Callahan Train Depot, Meal at 6:30 pm and meeting at 7 pm. Brief discussion on upcoming projects. Guest Speaker: TBA.

Saturday, November 16, 9 am - 4 pm
8th Ho Ho Hobo Day Festival, Tractor Show and Veterans Appreciation.

Saturday, December 7
Parade 11 am and Craft Fair 9 am - 3pm. The West Historical Society will host the 51st Callahan Christmas Parade and Craft Fair. 



The West Nassau Historical Society is seeking tractors and antique farm machines to display at their Hobos and Heroes Festival, Tractor Show and Veterans Appreciation scheduled for Saturday, November 16th. 
The 8th edition of our autumn fundraising event runs from 9a to 4p at the historic Callahan Train Depot, adjacent Florida Railroad rail bed and Depot Pavilion. 
There will also be live entertainment, food and arts/crafts vendors, exhibits and displays centered around the 143-year-old wooden train station. 
The Historical Society will celebrate Nassau County's bicentennial and honor our Veterans during a mid-morning ceremony. 
The Kids area will be hosted by Joel Pace Piano and Music. 
Depot and Caboose tours, silent auction, student art exhibit and other family-friendly activities will also be held. Sponsorships are available. 
If you have an antique tractor or farm machine that you want to display, for more information on Hobo Day or our group, visit our website at, call 904-879-3406 or like our Facebook page.
To Volunteer for any of the West Nassau Historical Society events or activities,
To Donate to the Society as a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, contact Emily or John at (904-879-3406).