Welcome to Calhoun County, Florida!
The Panhandle Pioneer Settlement, a living-history museum in Blountstown, Florida, has a collection of 18 historical buildings, dating from 1820 to the 1940s. Now arranged on five acres to replicate an idyllic farm community, the buildings were moved from their original locations throughout Calhoun County. During the year, the Settlement is home to numerous events and festivals, and offers classes on the trades and crafts of the past.
The M & B Railroad served a small corridor in Northwest Florida beginning in 1909. The line ran between two nearby cities, Marianna, the “M”, and Blountstown, the “B” until the 1970s.
Inside the museum you’ll find artifacts of the railroad’s storied past. From manifests to tickets to old typewriters and telegraphs, the museum showcases prized historical remnants.
The M&B's history is rich. Its stories unique. It may no longer make that 29-mile trek from Marianna to Blountstown, but it forever chugs down the tracks of the community’s collective consciousness.
The Apalachicola region is one of the earliest populated sites in Florida. Numerous aboriginal sites are found along former and present banks in the lower Apalachicola River valley. Scattered throughout the estuary and river swamps are clam and oyster shell middens, remnants of the early inhabitants. Creek Indians from Georgia and Alabama began settling along the river in the early 1700s. Apalachicola is an Indian word for “the people on the other side.” Today, the river today separates Eastern and Central time zones.
The Apalachicola River, Florida first in flow, has been described as the lifeblood of many basin communities and is recognized as one of the six most biodiverse regions of the United States. The basin's range of habitats gives it the highest species density of amphibians and reptiles on the continent, north of Mexico. It is home to 135 listed species tracked by the Florida Natural Areas Inventory. Between blended forests of cypress gum, beech, and saw palmetto, the river rolls, ample in wet season, exposing a sandy shore during dry season.
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Tucked away in the Panhandle of Florida, just over an hour from the Gulf of Mexico, Calhoun County is located right in the center of everything Northwest Florida has to offer.