Old Jail Museum
24 High Drive
Crawfordville, FL

Old Jail Museum

The Museum and Archives are open:
Thursdays and Fridays from 10 am until 4 pm
Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm

We lease the old Wakulla County Jail for our genealogical research center, archives, and our county history museum. To date we have succeeded in obtaining grants to replace the roof and windows, and we've raised money to renovate the first floor and need funds to renovate the upstairs. We will continue to seek grants and other funds to support the full renovation of the Old Jail/New Museum, and to develop and install exhibits.

Collections of Wakulla County History will be on display along with the area historic items in the McLeod Room.

The Pete Gerrell Room will house collections of antique house wares.

Check out the gift shop and the genealogy research suite.

Volunteers needed.

New Exhibits at the Museum

The Jailer and Matron: R.E. and Dean Whaley

R.E. Whaley was the jailer from 1949 until 1971 and lived with his family on the first floor while the prisoners were housed on the second floor. Their two sons were teenagers when they moved into the jailer’s residence and in the latter years both Mr. and Mrs. Whaley’s mothers lived with them there.

Doc Harper

Dr. J.A. Harper (1866-1942) served as the physician in Crawfordville from 1907 until 1942. Elizabeth F. Smith interviewed Dr. Harper’s widow, Ora Allen Harper, and in 1964 she wrote: "Dr. Harper’s widow thinks he delivered about 5,000 babies during his time in Wakulla County, or about the same number as the population of the whole county at the present time."

How the County Was Formed

Is a collection of Wakulla County maps beginning with Asa Hartfield’s survey of 1808, 1840, and following decades including a 1926 map that shows the only paved road being from the Leon County line to Wakulla Station.

Communities, Families, Notes, Pictures & Stories

Betty Green’s copious collection of notebooks tell the mesmerizing stories of families who settled and lived in the area which were shared by descendants of various families. Hours can be spent appreciating this exhibit.

Historical Society Celebrates Grand Re-Opening of Museum
By Sandra Vidak

Photo of opening ceremonyThe Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce recognized the grand re-opening of the Wakulla County Historical Society Museum and Archives on Friday, July 31 with a ribbon cutting. The Historical Society continued the celebration during an open house on Saturday, August 1. The Museum was closed during May and June for renovations to bring the front entrance and restroom into ADA compliance. "This celebration is the culmination of a 20 year vision being fulfilled and we appreciate the Chamber's support," said President Cathy Frank.
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Wish List

There are always things we need at the Museum, and if you can support us in obtaining these items, it would be greatly appreciated.

Brick Paver Fundraiser

Wakulla County Historical Society presents our "Memorial Brick Pavers Fundraiser." Here’s a great way to honor or memorialize that someone special in your life, and also help the Wakulla County Historical Society raise funds. Please help us with our mission of preserving and documenting Wakulla County history at the Wakulla County Museum and Archives.

Buy a paver brick with up to three lines of copy for installation in front of the Museum building. This will be a prime location for our many visitors to see your tribute. These 4" X 8" paver bricks are of the highest quality and laser engraved to last a lifetime.

Donation of $100.00 per brick

Paver donations are tax deductible under the Society's 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit organization.

Please call the Museum at 850-926-1110 or email 24research@gmail.com with any questions and we will respond promptly.

Click here to fill out the application or visit the Museum to pick up a copy.