Our Mission Statement: To preserve the history of Gadsden County, emphasizing the western area.
Personally, I can say I am glad to see 2018 gone! Hurricane Michael dealt WGHS a blow. We received damage to the Greensboro Depot Railroad Museum and the Patricia Fletcher Vice Meeting Room roofs. Thankfully, Jane Clark has diligently worked with FEMA to arrange financial assistance, as well as, mitigation through FEMA to possibly repair these roofs better than the original. We truly appreciate Jane’s efforts and the enormous amount of time she has spent working to attain this assistance. She continues to meet weekly with FEMA to keep this project on track.
WGHS failed to get the Greensboro Depot Railroad Museum listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The state committee believed there was too much new material in the building for it to qualify for that honor. Though this was quite disappointing we hopefully can pursue a State of Florida marker for the site in the future.
The Max Fletcher family generously donated several gorgeous antique pieces of furniture for the Dezell House. The Fletchers also donated numerous boxes of household items including silver serving pieces, china and crystal. Several of the hearths in the Dezell House were tiled improving their overall appearance. Progress was made on the Dezell House kitchen, with new appliances made possible by a generous donation by Rev. Harold & Jean O. Dean. Flooring has been installed. Cabinets frames have been installed along with a large double sink that has double drainboards, donated by George & Juliane Hackney. The cabinets and sink were rescued from Alf & Alice Suber’s house, built ca. 1929. As a parting gift to WGHS, prior to retiring, Frank Holcomb kindly arranged a generous donation from TDS-Telecom. Lynne Layton Poucher donated the new window shades for the Dezell House in memory of her parents, Thomas Garner and Paula VanLandingham Layton. The Adrian C. Fletcher and Annie Muriel Fletcher Foundation, Inc. generously doubled its annual donation to WGHS for 2018. All said and done, WGHS is so thankful for the generosity of our members and supporters! We could not do this without you!
Our Lifetime Members increased by 9 this year, while regular memberships increased by 23. Hooray for the new support in 2018! Please send us an email or give us a call if you want to add someone to our mailing list, if you think they might like join WGHS.
Donations and membership dues increased in 2018. There was a profit of $16,384.66 that included $11,289.97 insurance proceeds that will be spent for the roofing project in 2019. Without the insurance we had a profit of $5,094.69. This is certainly a pleasant change from the last couple of years with losses. Thank you, for a great year. Let’s make 2019 even better!
Officers & Directors:
Melissa Chamberlain Herring, Board Chairperson; Lynne Layton Poucher, President; Jane Wagner Clark, Vice-President; Rosalyn Fletcher Fenn, Treasurer; Linda Clark Smith, Secretary; John W. B. Canetta, Director; Ellen Sunday Clark, Director; Ricky Brandon, Director; Dale Cox, Hon. Director
PROFIT AND LOSS STATEMENT as of December 31, 2018
Donations $ 13,270.44
Dividends & Interest 946.11
Insurance Claim-Michael 11289.97
TOTAL INCOME $ 33,299.52
Insurance-Board Liability 628.00
Taxes, Licenses & Permits 89.08
Postage & Shipping 54.78
Bank Fees 85.42
Postage & Office Supplies 145.26
Newsletter Expenses 1,148.24
Repairs & Maintenance 3,894.10
Supplies-Meetings & Events 992.97
Telephone, Internet & Website 180.00
Dezell House Restoration 2,636.20
TOTAL EXPENSES $ 16,914.86
NET PROFIT $ 16,384.66
As of 12-31-18 the value of WGHS assets were $247,949.48 including cash, stocks, the Dezell House w/improvements & 3 lots, the Greensboro Depot Railroad Museum/Patricia Fletcher Vice Meeting Facility/.33 ac. lot.
We want and need your help. Whether it's organizing historic collections, painting walls, helping out at events and meetings, or collecting donations, we need you. The success and future of WGHS depends on You.
The mission of the West Gadsden Historical Society (WGHS) is to preserve the history of Gadsden County while emphasizing the western area of the county. The rich history, people, places, and natural beauty of this region of the Florida Panhandle will be showcased.
P.O. Drawer D
Greensboro, Florida 32330
Telephone Number: 850-442-6434
Become a Member!
Lynne Layton Poucher - President, Jane Wagner Clark - Vice President, Linda Clark Smith - Secretary, Rosalyn Fletcher Fenn - Treasurer, Melissa Chamberlain Herring - Chairwoman, John W. B. Canetta, Ellen Sunday Clark, Ricky Brandon, Dale Cox (honorary)
West Gadsden Historical Society will hold bi-monthly meetings. These meetings or events will be held on the fourth Sunday at 3:00 p.m. unless changed for a special event. We have various work days during the year and welcome volunteers. You may call 850-442-6434 or send us an email for more information. GadsdenHistory.email@example.com
The Florida Heritage Foundation and the Tallahassee Trust for Historic Preservation has selected the Greensboro Depot Railroad Museum as the recipient of the 2014 Preservation Project of Regional Impact Award. This is a wonderful recognition of WGHS goal of insuring the history of Gadsden County.