Admission is FREE. We are open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM and the 3rd Saturday of the month. Come in and view our vast collection of artifacts. Enjoy our Exhibits. Research local history, heritage and culture in our reference library. Picnic in the Park. Enjoy.
Located in Baker, Florida, the Baker Block Museum was completed and opened to the public in July 1996. The building was once the old General Store built in 1908 and is located where cattle once were penned awaiting shipment by rail to market. After the property was purchased by the Association, work began on restoring the old store as our Museum, which now houses many artifacts from the local area such as old turpentine stills and Native American items. Photo below is the way the building looked before the current mural was painted on the east side.
Tribal Language Groups.
The map and tribal names shown below are located at website http://www.native-languages.org/florida.htm
You will also find information regarding the formation of the Seminoles. This site states that, "Seminoles were not originally a single tribe but an alliance of
Not all researchers agree on the history and tribal grounds of early Native Americans in
Native Americans in
When tracing Indian ancestors in
The challenges of tracing Native American ancestry can be legion and complex so pace yourself and take the long view. Remember that the native peoples, as a rule, did not maintain a written tradition. Most documentation was done by the white settlers via families named in land treaties or on trading post ledgers or census records. Also, many tribal associations have been deeply affected by whether they were ‘removed’ or ‘unremoved’ from their native lands. More recently, the search is further convoluted by attempts to obtain tribal 'membership.'
In the very early years (late 1700s - mid 1800s), the Creek peoples of the Southeast occupied territory as follows:
Upper Creeks - Occupied most of
Lower Creeks - Occupied most of
Seminole -" Breakaway" Creeks, Apalachees & Afro- American slaves who relocated to
Here are a few profiles of key people who have played a role in the history of Native Americans in our general area:
-- Calvin McGhee Cultural Center.
There were many paths – old Indian trails, animal migration routes, stagecoach and supply routes and hunting paths. They came into prominence, fell into disuse, or took different forms and connections over the span of years. Not all existed at the same time and many were renamed or combined with other routes. This sometimes confuses researchers who may forget to match the right time frame with the correct usage of a particular path name.
Pensacola Trade Path. Actually a series of paths, much of it was in
Red Ground/Jackson Trail. Also part of this early system of trails and paths, this trail took its name from Andrew Jackson and his travels in the area. However, it was also known as the Red Ground Trail because it was a supply route between the
The Indianola Inn Hotel.
The hotel was built just behind and almost on a Shell Midden which was originally considered to be an ordinary prehistorical shell mound from the Woodlands Era, but archaeological work has revealed it has a greater prominence. The Smithsonian records that the area of northwest Florida supported a fairly large Native American population. A large mound was evident at present-day
Chief of the Euchee Peoples (Okaloosa-Walton Counties)
Chief Sam Story and the Euchee People. There were Euchee tribes in Tennessee and Georgia. And, in the early 1800s, Sam was Chief of a band of Euchee Indians in our area. They occupied lands on and to the west of the Choctawhatchee River - primarily in (present-day) Walton County. Learn more about Chief Sam and his people in the Culture & Heritage section of this web page, and in the Research & Resources section of this web page where you will find additional information on the topic.
His headstone was erected in the forest near the confluence of the Choctawhatchee River and its tributaries in Walton County, FL.
Baker Block Museum Educational Services. Corner Hwy 4 & Rt 189. Baker, FL 32531 (850)537-5714