Discover Cedar Key, Florida's rich history and future plans!

This artistic rendering of Cedar Key's lovely historic district graces the wall next to the entrance of our spectacular museum. Inside you will have the opportunity to learn more about how this city came to be a rich and bustling Florida pioneer community at the end of the railroad line from Fernandina Beach. Why did people come to this island paradise back in the 1800's? What work did they do? Who were these people who built the city on two different islands? You will find answers to these questions and even information about the ancient people who lived in the area before the Spanish and French explorers arrived. 

Mission Statement

The Cedar Key Historical Society is a non-profit educational organization incorporated under the laws of Florida and dedicated to the preservation of the historic heritage of the Cedar Keys. It is open to all interested persons age 18 and over and supportive of the purpose.

It shall be the purpose of the Society to encourage and foster interest in the history of Cedar Key. The Society shall act as steward of the surrounding area, preserving its heritage.

cedar key Cedar Key Country Store
cedar key Bodiford's Drug Store c1884
Polly Pillsbury Polly Pillsbury, Founder of Cedar Key Historical Society

In 1977 Polly Pillsbury was the first President of the Cedar Key Historical Society along with other Charter members. Polly, with help of caring members and interested people in the community, opened the Cedar Key Historical Museum in 1979. She continued to put the museum as her number one priority along with her art work.

< Valuable Links from our partners >

Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce

Cedar Key Art Center

Florida Shellfish Aquaculture

Levy County Visitor's Bureau

City of Cedar Key

Florida Humanities Council

Museum on Main Street

Smithsonian Institution

Florida Museum of History

US Fish and Wildlife Service Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Service

Natural North Florida

Florida Remembers: The Cedar Keys





Museum Hours of Operation -

Open weekdays and weekends *

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Sunday thru Friday

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturday

*Do you have a tour group and need special hours? Please give us a call and we will do our best to accommadate your situation. We love tour groups and will help you have an enjoyable visit to Cedar Key Historical Museum

and the city of Cedar Key, Florida!


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