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Grand Opening of Bay County History Museum


By Robert Hurst, Photography by Jordan Williams

The members of the Bay County Historical Society invited guests to the grand opening of the Bay County History Museum with nearly 6,000 square feet of exhibition space.

Numerous dignitaries and history enthusiasts got a first glimpse of the exhibits that visualize what life was like in Bay County throughout the last 100 years. Exhibition highlights include a 1930s living room, a barber shop, and many other curated displays that revive good old times. One of the most popular exhibits showcases Bay County’s railroad system, the Bay Line, a milestone in Bay County’s infrastructure.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was performed by Panama City Commissioner, Kenneth Brown, and President of the BCHS Board of Directors, Bob Daffin. The public is invited to tour the new museum. The Bay County History Museum, located at 133 Harrison Avenue, is open to visitors Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The admission is free.

Read more about the building’s historical value and the exhibits on page 23 of this issue.

For more event photos, visit the “Bay Lately” section on our website: panamacityliving.com

Robert Hurst

Robert (Bob) Hurst holds degrees in Anthropology and Archaeology from FSU, and the University of London. A high school project culminated in his article “Mapping Old St. Joseph, Its Railroads and Environs," published in 1961 in the Florida Historical Quarterly. His continuing research in historic trails in North Florida will soon result in his book The Spanish Road, Travels along Florida’s Royal Road, El Camino Real.

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