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The Birth of Carrabelle:  History Talk
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When
Saturday, February 27, 2021

Address
C-Quarters Marina, 501 St. James Ave. (US Hwy 98), Carrabelle, FL 3322

Phone Number
(850) 697-2141

Email
carrabellehistorymuseum@gmail.com

The Birth of Carrabelle: History Talk

10 am - Noon.  Admission is free and open to the public.  

The Carrabelle History Museum is presenting a fascinating history program entitled, “The Founding of Carrabelle”. Learn about the Founding Fathers of Carrabelle including Oliver Hudson Kelley. Hear from the man himself about what life was like in Carrabelle around the late 1800s. This program will be held Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 10 am - 12 pm in the upstairs room at C-Quarters Marina, 501 St. James Ave (Hwy 98), Carrabelle, FL. Due to COVID precautions, seating will be limited. There is no charge for this event but RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.

A community known as “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 his daughters then declared himself the mayor. He began immediately to organize the community. Kelley plus 18 other local residents signed a petition to incorporate Carrabelle and sent it to the county. The incorporation of Carrabelle was approved and officially recorded on Christmas Eve in 1881 by Franklin County, so on that date Carrabelle officially became a town with its present name.

Oliver Hudson Kelley was an entrepreneur and developer from Minnesota who came to Franklin County in 1870s. He found St. James Island ripe with potential for development, with its virgin forest, natural deep water river and easy access to the Gulf through East Pass between Dog Island and St. George Island. He had money and land was cheap.

The other founding fathers were a diverse group. Several were Yankees with money, mostly experienced lumbermen who were acquainted with Kelley. Three of the town founders were black men who were emancipated slaves from Wakulla County. The founders were father-son duos, brothers, cousins, friends, former slaves and slave owners. Come hear their stories!

The History Speaker Series programs are popular and due to COVID precautions, seating will be limited. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED BY EMAILING CARRABELLEHISTORYMUSEUM@GMAIL.COM. Seats will be spaced to allow for social distancing. Attendees are asked to follow all health guidelines to help keep themselves safe including social distancing and sanitizing hands frequently. Hand sanitizer will be available. Masks are required. There is no fee for this program. Donations are gladly accepted to defray costs. Funding in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council. For more information, contact 850-697-2141.

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