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 41st 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

West Nassau Historical Society - West Nassau Museum of History

Located Inside the Historic Train Depot at 45383 Dixie Avenue, Callahan
Mail to P.O. Box 1758, Callahan, FL 32011  (904-879-3406)
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: March 26, 2017
2016-2017 Officers

The historic Callahan Train Depot
John Hendricks
Jerry Peterson
Emily Baumgartner
Kim Hoffecker
Members of the society and guests gathering before the April 24, 2014 membership meeting. 
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                                                                Upcoming Events
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​      Saturday, April 8, 9a-1p                               Community yard sale at the historic Callahan Train Depot         
     Saturday, April 22, 9a-6p                             12th annual Railroad Day Festival at the Callahan Train Depot 
     Thursday, April 27, 6:30p                            April pot luck and general meeting, open to public
      Saturday, May 13. 9a-1p                              Thomas Creek marker ceremony - SAR - Arnold Road, Jax                  Saturday, May 20, 9a-1p                                Community yard sale at the historic Callahan Train Depot
      Thursday, May 25, 6:30p                             May pot luck and general meeting, open to public  
      Friday, June 10, 9a-11a                                John Muir history walk starting at  Callahan Library
     Saturday, June 11, 9a-11a                           John Muir history walk starting at Callahan Depot  
     Thursday, June 22, 6:30p                           June pot luck and general meeting, open to public

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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 2016-2017.
L-R: Emily Baumgartner, Treasurer, Kim Hoffecker, Secretary; Marge Powell;
Jerry Peterson, Vice President; Jeanne Scott; Liz Mobley;
 John Hendricks, President; Elton Steptoe; Jan Johannes, co-founder;
 Frank Geoghagan (seated); not shown, Shirley Graham

2016-2017 Board of Directors
Collection of WNHS

 MAR 11, APR 8          4th THURS         SAT, APR 22
CSX Transportation
Community Foundatioin for Northeast Florida
Rayonier Advanced Materials
Bob Eubanks - Rusty Acres

Congratulations to Shannon and Cody Sumner, winners
of the autumn iPad Air 2
drawing this past November.

Saturday, April 22, 2017