Events News Press Release

Wakulla Historical Society -Founders Day Celebrations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            February 16, 2011

CONTACT: Sandra Vidak, Board Member/Public Relations Chair

The Wakulla County Historical Society will host a series of events to celebrate the founding of Wakulla County on March 11, 1843.

The community is invited to join the WCHS and travel “back in time with the shared memories of those who are familiar with our county and who have witnessed many changes,” said WCHS Heritage Committee Chair Murray McLaughlin.

WCHS will kick off celebration events at the library on March 10 at 6:30 PM with its Windows of Time panel discussion, moderated by Brent Thurmond, featuring historians Betty Green, David Roddenberry, Jocephas Shingles, Ruth Williams and John Y. Roberts, followed by a showing at 8 PM of Bayard Stern’s 30-minute documentary Watery Treasure.  This event is free and open to the public.

Seen in Wakulla is the title for tours of the county’s historic places on March 12 and March 16. “We’re pleased to be doing this in collaboration with Palmetto Expeditions,” said WCHS President Cathy Frank.  Tours will be available of historic sites within the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, the historic district of the town of Sopchoppy, an interpretive tour of the Barco-Lavender Cemetery and nearby Sparkling Gemstone sinkholes.  “The sinkhole tour will include Cheryl, Gremlin, Gator, Split, Emerald and Circle Chasm,” said WCHS Museum Director/Geologist Cal Jamison.  Tours are free with exception of the $5 entrance fee to the Refuge.

WCHS Board Member and Wakulla County native Herb Donaldson, artistic director and playwright (Palaver Tree Theater), has created for the community WakullaStory: Through a Looking Glass.  “Local stories are central to the heritage play,” said Donaldson.  The heritage play will be presented on-stage using the second floor courtroom of the historic Wakulla County courthouse (23 High Drive).  Seating is limited but there will be three performances on March 18 and 19 at 7 PM and a matinee on March 20 at 3 PM.

WakullaStory will feature community readers/performers and is meant to be an introduction to the county’s long history,” said Donaldson.  WCHS hopes to make this an annual showcase that brings the many stories of the Wakulla County community to life ““ on the stage!

For details on these events and ticket prices, plus discounts to the performances visit “Wakulla County Historical Society” on Facebook, contact  850-926-1110,, or drop by the Museum, 24 High Drive in Crawfordville, on Thursday or Friday between 10 and 4 PM