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Wakulla County Historical Society serving Wakulla County since 1991.

Next Historical Society Meeting

Tuesday, May 9 at 7:00 pm in the Wakulla County Public Library at 4330 Crawfordville Highway.

Historical Society President Debra Jay announced "Stories of the Sopchoppy Police Chief" as the program topic on Tuesday, May 9 featuring Claxton Vause who was born in Arran in 1933 to Claxton Sr. and Marcia Grant Vause. He has lived most of his life in Sopchoppy and graduated from Sopchoppy High School in 1952. During his high school years he worked as a fishing guide at the Breakaway Lodge. He served in the Army in the 82nd Airborne Division stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In 1955, he married Vonita Haskett of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina and they have three daughters—Arlene, Danita and Myra.

Claxton became the Police Chief of Sopchoppy in 1960. He has also served Wakulla County as a deputy sheriff and bailiff. He retired from the City of Sopchoppy in 1992. In 1960, there were only four law enforcement officers in the county—Sheriff Bill Taff, Deputy R. E. Whaley, Deputy Fred Oliver in St. Marks and Claxton Vause in Sopchoppy. Vause is a renowned teller of stories and will surely share some of the interesting and humor from his time as the Sopchoppy Police Chief.

It will be a delightful evening with a good dose of history so please join us!

Historical Society programs are always open to the public at no charge. For more information contact the Wakulla County Historical Society at 926-1110 or at the Museum & Archives, 24 High Drive in Crawfordville during business hours: Thursday and Friday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.

We look forward to seeing you on May 9, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Library.

Brick Pavers

The Wakulla County Historical Society is planning to place another order for the Legacy Brick Pavers in early June of this year. For more information as well as the order form, click here.

If you’d like to see what others have put on their bricks, please come by the Museum and look at the ones that have already been installed in front of the Museum. The bricks have 3 lines with 20 spaces per line. I will be glad to talk with any of you who have questions about ordering the bricks. I will also be happy to help anyone fill out the form.

This is a wonderful way to leave a legacy for your family or friends and also helps the Historical Society at the same time. These bricks can be done for people who are still living as well as those who have gone on before us.

Thank you for your support of the Historical Society.

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