Carrabelle Cares

Welcome to the Carrabelle History Museum

Welcome to the Carrabelle History Museum. Opened in April of 2009, the Carrabelle History Museum has now turned 10 years old! Residents of the community have generously shared their pictures, genealogy, memories, household and work items to build our collection. The museum’s first artifact was the medical bag of beloved midwife Tillie Miller, donated by Rita Brown Millender and John Brown. From that very first artifact the museum has grown to now house thousands of items in its collections and gratefully the museum is still receiving wonderful local artifacts.

The museum is located in the Old Carrabelle City Hall built by local mason Marvin Justiss in 1933 during the Depression as a work program to employ locals. The museum has 4 rooms to display its collections, a large entry hall for special displays, and a workroom/office for the volunteers to process the incoming artifacts. We have several displays that highlight Local Heroes; the Steamship Tarpon, which was key to building our community in the early 1900's; and Carrabelle's "First People", natives who lived here thousands of years ago.

The building has undergone extensive restorations thanks to Museum Director, Tamara Allen. She has written $250,000 in historical preservation grants from the state of Florida for the City of Carrabelle. The building restoration is nearing completion and the museum plans to expand into the newly refinished upstairs exhibit area in 2020.

Carrabelle History Museum in Old City Hall
Carrabelle History Museum in the Old City Hall, Carrabelle, FL

Location

Visit the Carrabelle History Museum at 106 Avenue B, SE, in the heart of downtown. The Museum is one block south of US 98.  Turn south on Marine Street and left (east) at the first corner. The Museum is the third building on your left.  We are within walking distance to the Carrabelle Visitors Center and the World's Smallest Police Station.

Hours (starting Oct 1, 2018)

The Carrabelle History Museum is open Wednesdays 12-5 pm, Thursdays 10 am-5 pm, Fridays 10 am-5 pm, Saturdays 10 am-5 pm and Sundays 12-5 pm. We gladly open any other day by appointment except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's.  Just call 850-697-2141 or 850-524-1153 to arrange a tour.  Field trips and buses are welcome. 

Admission Fees

Entry to our Museum is free but donations are always welcome.

Our Mission

The Mission of the Carrabelle History Museum is to preserve the history and culture of Carrabelle as a record of where we have been, how we got here and to serve as an inspiration for the future.

City of Carrabelle Tugboat at Lumber Dock, Carrabelle, FL, circa 1880s
City of Carrabelle Tugboat at Lumber Dock, Carrabelle, FL, circa 1880s

2019 CarrabelleHistory Museum Celebration

Collaborators and Supporters

The Carrabelle History Museum is a project of the local non-profit organization, Carrabelle CARES. It is sponsored by the Carrabelle History Society and the City of Carrabelle with support from the Franklin County Tourist Development Council with a community partnership from the Franklin County Public Library.  


Ways to Support the Museum


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Calling all Amazon shoppers! Did you know you can help support the Carrabelle History Museum at NO COST TO YOU? Just sign up for AmazonSmile and select CARRABELLE CARES (the parent non-profit of the Carrabelle History Museum) as your charity of choice!! Every time you make an eligible purchase on Amazon using AmazonSmith, the Museum will benefit.

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Membership

The annual membership dues for the Carrabelle Historical Society are $15 individuals and $25 for families.  Members of the Carrabelle Historical Society are considered Friends of the Carrabelle History Museum.

Premiums Available

Items Available for a Suggested Donation

Historical Survey of the Archaeology and Architecture of the City of Carrabelle, Historic Florida Consulting, 2008. Excellent professional document highlighting the history of Carrabelle from complex native cultures dating back thousands of years to the present.  Filled with photos and maps.  Featuring the fascinating archaeology and architecture that makes Carrabelle unique. $20.00

My Carrabelle, a pocket book of poems written by local poet, Miss Mary Westberg.  $7.00

Gold Foil pressed image of the SS Tarpon suitable for framing.   $4.00

Dog Island Series Notecards.  Package of 6 Black and White sketches by Ruth Williams. Perfect gift for thank you notes and invitations.  $5.00

(Donations for these items go to the Carrabelle History Museum.)

Carrabelle CARES Bears:

Adorable 10 inch stuffed seated Baby Florida Black Bear.   $8.00

Bear Photos by local photographer John Hitron.  Matted 5x7 color photos. $5.00

Bear Tote Bags.  Sturdy natural color cotton cloth.  The John Spohrer photo on front is one of the twin bear cubs hand raised by Betsy Knight. $5.00.

(Donations for these items go to support efforts to protect the environment in Carrabelle with two annual coastal and river clean-ups.)