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

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: December 7, 2018
2016-2017 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 23, 6:30 pm              August pot luck, general meeting, open to public
         Saturday, September 22, 9a-1p             Yard sale at the Depot, Joel Pace music students
         Thursday, September 27, 6:30 pm        September pot luck, general meeting, open to public
         Saturday, September 29, 9a-11a           Callahan video history walking tour thru Callahan
         Friday, October 5, 6 pm                         Ice Cream Social and Evening of Discovery                                                           Fri Oct 12 thru Sat Oct 20                     Trains and Turpentine Display  at NE Florida Fair, Callahan
         Thursday, October 25, 6:30 pm            October pot luck, general meeting, open to public
         Sat Oct 27 thru Sat Dec 8                      Smithsonian exhibit-Crossroads: Changes in Rural America
         Saturday, Nov 3, 9a-4p                           Hobos, Hotrods, Heroes festival and car show
         Thursday, Nov 15 at 6 pm                     Thanksgiving dinner meeting and drawing for HP laptop                                Friday, November 30, 6 pm                   Depot Christmas Tree Lighting at the Callahan Depot
         Thursday, January 24, 6:30 pm            January pot luck, general meeting, open to public
         Saturday, January 26, 10a-2:30p          7th edition of the Nassau Art at the Callahan Depot art 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

2016-2017 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
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit coming to Callahan
Change in Rural America
October 27 thru December 8
on display at the historic Callahan Train Depot.
Details to follow
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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..
7th Edition of the NASSAU ART AT THE
JANUARY 26, 2019
Show open to all adult and high school-aged
students living in Nassau County, FLA.