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Sunday, September 28, 2014
Gadsden County’s Mule Trader to be Remembered
September 28, 2014, we remembered the life of Ford Larkin, who was a cattleman, tobacco farmer, and devoted church worker. Best of all, Ford was known throughout Gadsden County and the adjoining tobacco growing areas as well as throughout the South as a mule trader. This was a profession he had began in his early adult years and interrupted to serve in WWII under General Patton as a tank commander. Ford's talent was that of being able to find a matched pair of mules sight unseen describing over the telephone what he was looking for.
Ford and his wife, Ernestine, lived for about 30 years on their Seldom Rest Farm in the Juniper community of western Gadsden County. Upon retirement, they sold the farm and moved back to Quincy to their
“honeymoon” house where they had lived for several years after their marriage in 1947.
Annual Open House July 4, 2015
The West Gadsden Historical Society celebrated its 11th Annual OPEN HOUSE on July 4 from at the historic Dezell House and the Historic Greensboro Depot Museum. Various historical displays were on exhibit including a new exhibit of Greensboro High School Trophies over the past 60 years and our new acquisition of the McLane Gun Barrell
National Train Day May 9, 2015
This was a wonderful event and we can't wait for Big Bend Model Railroad Association to come back to visit us again! Thank you to all those who worked hard, made cakes and worked in the kid's play area. Once again our event was a success!
24th Annual Tallahassee Model Railroad Show and Sale
WGHS Saturday, June 27, 9 am to 4 pm at the North Florida Fairgrounds in Tallahassee. The 24th Annual Tallahassee Model Railroad Show and Sale is sponsored by the BBMRA and is certain to be an outstanding event. Model train layouts from large “G” scale to the tiny “Z” scale will be on display, along with experts on hand to answer your model train design, layout, equipment and construction questions. A variety of vendors will be on-site offering various model railroad items. WGHS will be represented by several of our members. Our booth will provide information on the Greensboro Railroad Depot Museum, as well as offer for sale our T-Shirts, notecards, and books. Admission: Adults & Children 13 and over $6, Scouts in Uniform as well as Children 12 and under are free. Be sure to get on board and join us at this wonderful and fun event!
DECEMBER 2, 2017
West Gadsden Historical Society held our annual chicken pilau, December 2, at the Greensboro Depot Railroad Museum Complex, 115 Duffle Ave., Greensboro, FL. Again this year, we hosted a silent auction of antiques and collectables. Items included tickets to Sea World and Sea World Water Park, and unique and one of a kind art items.
SUNDAY MAY 21, 2017
For all of us that joined Dale Cox, Sunday. May 21, we truly enjoyed our afternoon. Dale spoke on the history and events that lead to the First Seminole War of 1817-1818. Further, he discussed its impact on Gadsden County and the Apalachicola River.
If you have never been present at one of Dale’s programs, you have truly missed out. His insight, historical knowledge and humor insure your raptured attention. WGHS appreciates Dale’s enthusiasm and interest in Northwest Florida history.
SUNDAY MARCH 26, 2017
The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. Diversity was celebrated at West Gadsden Historical Society’s (WGHS) 1st Annual Black History Art and Essay Contest Award Ceremony and Reception Sunday, March 19th. More than 50 people gathered at the Patricia Fletcher Vice Meeting Room of the Historic Greensboro Railroad Depot Museum complex to honor Gadsden County students who participated in the contest. These very talented students displayed their artwork and shared their essays with the audience.
The mission of the West Gadsden Historical Society is to preserve the history of Gadsden County. Our continuous hope is to bring our community together to honor all people who called Gadsden County home. We all have history. Some of that history is good, some bad. Remembering the work and fortitude of those who made us great and celebrating our diversity insures that the historical impact of our Gadsden County ancestors is not lessened or forgotten. We hope next year’s contest will draw an even larger number of participants.
The winners included: 6th - 8th grade, Essay - 1st prize Ya’Mya Roberts, 2nd prize Jessica William; Art - 1st prize Amira Frye, 2nd prize Tyler Watson. 9th - 12th grade, essay - 1st prize LaToya Hannah, 2nd prize Josiah Porter; Art - 1st prize Frenisha Dixon, 2nd prize Alajza Kennon. All students who participated received Certificates, prizes, ribbons and annual memberships to WGHS.
If you missed this wonderful program and opportunity to celebrate these wonderful children, please make sure that you participate next year! Only we who love Gadsden County can pass our history on to our future generations. These children deserve your involvement and support.
Saturday November 14, 2015
We had a successful annual meeting and raised funds to help to cover our expenses associated with ownership and operation of two museums. This was the old-time cooked in a wash pot type of Pilau we all remember fondly from years past. Thanks to Scott Clark and Lamar Clark for cooking, once again this year! We also enjoyed a silent auction, and entertainment by George Johnson and his family. We debuted our new CD - A Collection of Old Railroad Songs and Local Memories of the ANRR. Get your copy TODAY!
Saturday November 8, 2014
Funds were raised to help to cover increased expenses associated with ownership and operation of two museums. This was the old-time cooked in a wash pot type of Pilau we all remember fondly from years past. Thanks to Scott Clark and Lamar Clark for cooking! We also enjoyed the opening of the "Midge Askew Loan of the W. H. "Billy" Howell, Jr. Collection" This vast collection of wonderful railroad artifacts was lovingly collected by Mr. Howell, sparked by an interest stemming from his father, W. H. Howell, Sr., who worked for the Apalachicola Northern Railroad from 1916-1968.