Carrabelle Cares

Welcome to the Carrabelle History Museum

Welcome to the Carrabelle History Museum. Opened in April of 2009, residents of the community have generously shared their pictures, genealogy, memories, household and work items to build our collection.  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, 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. 

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



Our Next Program

Dog Island Shipwrecks Program



Visit the Carrabelle History Museum at 106 Avenue B, SE, in the heart of downtown. The Museum is one block south of US98.  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.

New 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 Tug at Lumber Dock, Carrabelle, FL, circa 1880s

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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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.)