Carrabelle History Museum
Museum & Gift Shop Hours:
Wednesday 12-5 pm
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday 10 am-5 pm
Sunday 12-5 pm
The Carrabelle History Museum is truly a community treasure. Housed in the original Marvin Justiss-built City Hall, the museum was implemented by the Carrabelle Historical Society with the Waterfronts Florida program in cooperation with the City Commission in 2009. Personal memorabilia and local artifacts tell the story of Carrabelle from the eyes and ears of its long term residents. Exhibit items include ancient pottery shards and fossils, tools from turpentine, lumber and commercial fishing industries; nautical artifacts and history, Civil war maps and displays, famous local citizens, newspapers, city documents, maps, school yearbooks, family albums, and photographs can be seen in the work and family life rooms, plus city arrest records, family photos and keepsakes... and an endless supply of fascinating stories.
There are exhibits about the Steamship “Tarpon” which served the city with weekly visits from 1902 to 1937 and the amazing tale of the men who survived the deadly wreck. There is a tribute to our local heroes including baseball great Buck O’Neil and fascinating exhibit on the history of “Salt”. The Museum is a member of the Florida Trail of Indian Heritage featuring information and documentation of Carrabelle's First People - the Apalachee Indians who lived here from 150- 900 AD. There is a diorama of the Civil War skirmish in Carrabelle when the Union blockade ship sent 2 gun boats up the river where they encountered the feisty Carrabelle Irregulars who were ready to defend the city and their homes. Research and genealogy files are available to the public.
The Carrabelle History Museum is funded, in part, by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.