The Washington County Historical Preservation Society was founded in July 1985 by folks in the community that under-stood the importance of preserving and protecting this areas history before it was lost to the ages. In 1986, the city of Chipley leased the Society the historic ice plant building situated under the old water tower at the intersection of highway 90 and highway 77. As time went on the collection has grown with the stories and pieces of Washington County’s history that make this area so unique.
Ten years later on October 15th 1996 the Historical Society held a Grand Opening at the Museum and began inviting the public to visit.
In 2010, the historical society was able to secure a new and improved location for the museum, at the Bill Lee Train Depot and the old Chipley Chamber of Commerce building, located at the Farmer's Market in downtown Chipley. This new location will provide the elbow room needed to continue the museums growth and allow for more interpretive displays for our collections. The new site also offers more opportunities for events at the Museum because of the surrounding lawn and Gazebo.
The Museum is open the first Saturday of every month from 9am until noon, as well as every Thursday and Friday from 10am - 2pm.
The Museum offers a colorful and tangible glimpse at Washington County’s people, industry and lifestyles. Please stop by and see for yourself.
Some of our collections include:
Located at the
Farmer's Market Building
School yearbooks dating back to 1942
Phone company memorabilia & switchboard
Courthouse office items
Local mercantile items
E.W. Carswell Research Library
Pen & ink drawings by Don Crossley of local sites
Kudzu display / C.E. Pleas / Glen Arden Nursery
Natural History displays
Native American Artifacts
Located at the Bill Lee Station
Train Station Display & Memorabilia
Col. W.D. Chipley Bio
Turpentine Industrial Display