PLANS ON TRACK FOR 2015 RAILROAD DAY FESTIVAL
AND 10TH ANNUAL SHRINER-LED PARADE
SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 18,
AT THE HISTORIC CALLAHAN TRAIN DEPOT
The West Nassau Historical Society has begun planning their upcoming signature fund raising event, the 2015 Railroad Day Festival. Their tenth annual celebration is scheduled for Saturday, April 18, in and around the historic 1881 Callahan Train Depot and nearby 1856 Florida Railroad bed. The wooden late Victorian-style station at 45383 Dixie Avenue was once a former Atlantic Coast Line Depot and is the beloved icon of the surrounding communities. This year’s celebration will include the grand opening of the Musslewhite Turpentine Commissary artifact exhibit building. Being Earth Day weekend, they will also celebrate the fabled “Hobos” and their Recycle and ReUse skills of the materials they used while riding the rails. The arts/crafts vendors and food vendors will open from 9 AM to 5 PM with the live music and entertainment running from 10 AM to 8 PM. The kids’ area include jumpy houses, slide, a barrel train, and Hobo Games. The 10th annual Shriner-led parade starts at 11 AM and will wind its way down US 1 through downtown Callahan. Cochrane’s Collision Center next door to the depot will host a classic car show after the parade. The colors will be presented by various veteran groups at 2 PM followed by a sponsor appreciation ceremony where various citizens, businesses, and sponsors will be honored and parade and contest winners announced. Steam driven engines, tractors and trains will be exhibited on the historic Florida Railroad rail bed, remnants of the state’s first cross-peninsular rail line. Model train layouts, a train merchandise vendor, Operation Lifesaver, and entrants from the Nassau County Record essay contest will be on display inside the Depot Annex. The West Nassau Historical Society is a non-profit, tax exempt organization dedicated to the preservation of Nassau County’s rich history and to the maintenance and upkeep of the historic Callahan Depot. It is celebrating 40 years of caring about the future of our past. Sponsors and volunteers are needed to help make this year’s festival a success. For additional information on the 2015 Railroad Day Festival or on becoming a volunteer, sponsor, vendor, or donor please visit www.wnhsfl.org or call festival co-chairs John Hendricks or Emily Baumgartner at 904-879-3406.