Special Exhibit: The Founding of Carrabelle
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Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - Sunday, January 31, 2021

106 SE Ave B, Carrabelle, FL 32322

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(850) 697-2141

Special Exhibit: The Founding of Carrabelle

Christmas Eve marked the 139th anniversary of the official creation of the Town of Carrabelle.  The incorporation of Carrabelle was officially recorded by Franklin County on Christmas Eve in 1881.  The community of “Rio Carrabella” was formed in 1877 when Oliver Hudson Kelley set up a tent on the east side of the river in Carrabelle, moved in his wife and 5 daughters then declared himself the mayor. He began immediately to organize the community. Nineteen residents who were registered Franklin County voters signed an incorporation petition and sent it to the county establishing the legal city boundaries and government structure.


In honor of this historic event, the Carrabelle History Museum has opened a new exhibit documenting the city's founding.

The special exhibit focuses on introducing the Articles of Incorporation and five of the original Founding Fathers, including Oliver Hudson Kelley.

The Carrabelle History museum is located at 106 SE Avenue B and is open every Wednesday and Sunday from 12-5 pm and every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am-5 pm.

There is no charge for admission but donations are gladly accepted to help defray costs.

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