Carrabelle Historical Society

Carrabelle CARES founded the Carrabelle Historical Society in May of 2006. A membership organization of interested citizens was formed to carry out projects of local interest which include capturing the memories of senior citizens who were born and raised in Carrabelle and safeguarding historic places, photos and memorabilia of historical Carrabelle.

The purposes of the Carrabelle Historical Society are to recognize the importance of Carrabelle’s past as a foundation to build a better future, to capture the memories of senior citizens who were born and raised in Carrabelle and to identify and safeguard photos, sites and memorabilia of historical Carrabelle. In addition, the organization seeks to capture the history of the timber/lumber/naval stores and commercial fishing/shrimping industries in their roles of putting Carrabelle on the map – to track the booms and the disasters.

To assist the City of Carrabelle identify, preserve and conserve historical and cultural sites by identifying and seeking financial resources to identify conserve and preserve the history of Carrabelle, CARES prepared a request for $50, 000 from the Florida Division of Historic Preservation for a Survey Grant. The goals of the project were to locate, identify and evaluate archaeological sites (historic and pre-historic), buildings and structures (constructed 50 years ago or before 1959). The resulting document, “Carrabelle Historic Preservation Survey and Plan,” is a colorfully illustrated survey report that includes an historic narrative and extensive bibliography and is for sale at the Carrabelle History Museum. We further our work by collecting oral history, memorabilia and photographs for permanent display at the Carrabelle History Museum.

For more information please call 850-697-2141.

Carrabelle History Museum

The mission of the museum is to build, house and maintain a collection of artifacts, oral history and research about the history of Carrabelle and its citizens focusing on the evidence of our prehistoric native ancestors, the evolution of a fishing village in 1850's to the year the City was chartered in 1893 and up to the present. It is a museum built by the people of Carrabelle. We vision for the future is to have a certified museum housed in a locally significant building in downtown Carrabelle, certified on the National Register of Historic Places, which anchors the City of Carrabelle Waterfront-Town Center District.  We encourage all interested parties to research their geneolgy and family history in the museum.  We are also becoming a research center for information about our Indian heritage.

The City of Carrabelle partnered with the Historic Society in 2009 to establish the museum in the Old City Hall Building and to apply for Historic Preservation funds from the State to develop and begin an historic preservation plan for the building itself. The Carrabelle History Museum is partially funded by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.


106 Avenue B, SE

Carrabelle, FL 32322


850-697-2141 or 850-524-1153

Hours : 

Wednesday, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Thursday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

And by appointment: call Tamara at 850-524-1153

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day

Mailing Address:

Post Office Box 0666

Carrabelle, FL 32322



Artifacts and Displays:

There are four rooms of artifacts and displays including Carrabelle's Special Treasures, Worklife, Homelife and the Library.

Historical Architecture Survey results are available to the public for purchase.

Geneology records and family pictures are invited and welcome.