Our Exhibits:

The Carrabelle "Treasures Room" houses some of our most fascinating, local artifacts, including our Native People's exhibit; a diorama of the local skirmish during the Civil War created by one of our talented artists, Fred Aman; an exhibit on salt and the Civil War, including a large, original salt kettle; the history of the railroad in Carrabelle; the actual surveying equipment used to produce the 1957 map of the City of Carrabelle; and fossils like sharks' teeth and ancient oyster shells. 


Native Heritage Artifacts

Especially of note in this room is our growing collection of artifacts from Carrabelle’s “first people” who lived here over two thousand years ago.  The Apalachee tribes were a prehistoric people who had many villages along the shore of St. George Sound and all the local rivers in those times.  Their Council House and Temple Mound was located in the Tallahassee area near Lake Jackson. Over 40,000 members of the tribal family lived between the Apalachicola and Aucilla Rivers.  Archaeologists have found evidence of villages, middens (garbage piles) and burial grounds within the city limits of Carrabelle and several others in the area.  Carrabelle is thought by some to have been an important trade port during that time, as it was after the Civil War, because of its natural deep water port at the confluence of three rivers.


Lumber Heritage in Work Life Room

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 used to get the rosin out of pine trees to make naval stores such as turpentine, tar and pitch.


Family Life Room

"Family Life Room" is next featuring many photos of Carrabelle families and artifacts actually used by “Miss Ruth” Varner, “Miss Janie” Brown and other local treasures.  One of the highlights of this room is the photos of families from the pioneer days to the present.  The Witherspoon Family Rocking Chair holds photos and a scrapbook about the Judge's family.  A butter churn, cast iron stove and an old wash board are reminiscent of earlier times when home life was hard without modern inventions.

Carrabelle High School memorabilia highlighting the award winning bands and sports teams throughout the decades are a special attraction.  High School Year Books from the 1940's to present are a very popular spot where everybody likes to look up their own photos or check out their grandparents.


 "The Library" is filled with items and photographs of the people, places and events important to the residents of Carrabelle.  We have items such as the medical bag of the beloved midwife "Miss Tillie" Miller.  Local heroes are highlighted, like famous baseball icon, John Jordan "Buck" O'Neil. Buck was a famous first baseman and manager for the Kansas City Monarchs, was one of the first black scouts in Major League Baseball, and was the first black coach in the Major Leagues with the Chicago Cubs.   This room also houses a collection of fascinating, old newspapers about Carrabelle and a collection of the oldest City records available. In addition, the original World's Smallest Police Station, featured on The Today Show, Ripley's Believe It or Not, and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, can be found here. 

"The Entrance Hall" currently houses a special exhibit on the SS Tarpon. This exhibit is a detailed account of the steamship Tarpon that served Carrabelle weekly from 1902 to 1937 before it went down at sea off the port of St. Andrews. The exhibit focuses on the local residents who were part of the crew. This is thought to be one of the most complete accounts of this ship in the country.

Demise of the Tarpon drawing by Braden Ball