Carrabelle History Museum, Carrabelle

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The museum is located in the Old Carrabelle City Hall built in 1933 as project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) by local mason Marvin Justiss. The museum has 4 rooms to display its collections and a long entry way for special displays.

The Carrabelle Treasures Room is filled with items and photographs of the people, places and events important to the people and City of Carrabelle including the actual surveying equipment use to produce the 1957 map of the City. There is a nice collection of artifacts that show that native peoples lived here in the 150 to 900 AD period. The Apalachee tribe were a nomadic people who had many villages along the the shore of St. George Sound and all the major rivers in those times. Archaeologist have found evidence of villages, middens (garbage piles) and burial grounds throughout St. James Island dating back over 3000 years.

The next room as you tour the museum is the "Work Life" Room filled with artifacts and photos of various industries such as seafood, logging, naval stores, mechanics and gas stations that have supported the economy of Carrabelle through the years. Highlights in that room include a shrimp net with a turtle excluder, oyster tongs, hand made nets and oars. Interesting equipment from Jackson's Standard Station, Ganders Hardware and Bragdon's Garage each have a story. Milton Cox's cat face cutter was use to get the rosin out of pine trees to make naval stores such as turpentine, tar and pitch.

The Family Life Room is next featuring many photos of Carrabelle families and artifacts actually used by Miss Ruth Garner, Miss Janie Brown and other local treasures. The highlight of this room is the photos of families from the pioneer days to the present. High School Year Books are a very popular spot where everybody likes to look up their own photos or check out their grandparents.

The Library Room finishes up our little tour. The star of this room is the original "World's Smallest" Police Station. There are also old photos, books, scrapbooks and newspapers about Carrabelle. Items such as the medical bag of the beloved midwife "Miss Tillie" Miller is displayed along with those from other noteworthy citizens.
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  • Carabelle has long touted what is supposedly the "world's smallest police station." which is an old roadside pay phone booth. Carabelle should be equally proud of their history museum, a "shoe string....  more »
  • Small museum with varied ages of artifacts and memorabilia. What makes it special is the lady telling you the stories and answering your questions about old and current times  more »
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  • A small fishing village with a rich history needs a museum to share its history with both local people and those who come to the Forgotten Coast occasionally and seasonally. A small group of dedicated staff volunteer countless hours to be available for detailed historical perspectives on the area including Native American historical pottery shards. The museum and it's success are the brainchild and hard work of Tamara Allen whose grandfather was born in Carrabelle in the 19th century.
  • Meeting Tamara was a real treat. She is very knowledgeable about the town. Fascinating history.

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