Railroad Days Festival 2014
March 28th and 29th
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)
This page was last updated: February 27, 2014
(West Nassau Historical Society Press Release)
Plans on Track for 2014 Railroad Days Festival scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 28th and 29th.
The West Nassau Historical Society is busy planning their upcoming signature fund raising event, the 2014 Railroad Days Festival. Their 9th annual celebration is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 28th and 29th in and around the historic 1881 Callahan Train Depot and the nearby 1856 Florida Railroad bed.
This year's celebration will include the Musslewhite Turpentine Commissary artifact exhibit recently donated to the historical society by the Musslewhite family. The 250th anniversary of Florida's British period will be highlighted during the two day event. The historical society will premier its video on the numerous "mom and pop" motels and tourist attractions that lined US1/23 and will unveil plans for a Callahan History Walking Tour. It will also kick off the Kings Ferry historical marker fund raising project.
Friday's events will start at 1 PM with the opening ceremony and the raising of the flag. Friday is "Hobo Day" as kids are encourage to come after school dressed as the fabled riders of the rails. Live entertainment will run from 2 PM to 8 PM on the front platform of the depot. The arts and craft area will open from 1 PM to 6 PM Friday and 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday. The highlight on Saturday is the 9th annual Shriner-led Railroad Days parade which is set for 11 AM. Cochrane's Collision Center will host a classic car show next door to the depot after the parade. A large kid's area complete with a laser maze and jumpy houses will run from 11 AM to 5 PM. After various citizens and sponsors are honored at 12:30 PM, live music will continue on Saturday from 2 PM to 8 PM. Steam driven engines, tractors and trains will be exhibited outside the depot. Model train layouts and entrants from the Nassau County Record essay contest will be on displayl inside the Depot Annex. Several food vendors serving a variety of cuisines are back and will be available both days. Book signings by local authors John Hendricks, Sue Chamblin Frederick will be held on Saturday afternoon.
The West Nassau Historical Societyl is a non-profit, tax exempt organization dedicated to the preservation of Nassau County's rich history and to the maintenance and upkeep of the historic Callahan depot. Sponsors and volunteers are needed to help make this year's festival a success. For additional information on the 2014 Railroad Days Festival or on becoming a volunteer, sponsor or donor, please visit www.wnhsfl.org or call festival co-chairs John Hendricks or Emily Baumgartner at (904) 879-3406.
Official poster of the 2014 Railroad Days Festival - Copyright protected.