Branford Women’s Club Elects to Donate Historic Records


It’s the end of an era for the Branford Women’s Club.

Established in 1947, the clubhouse opened its doors one last time on Wednesday, Aug. 25, to gather historic documents to be donated to the Suwannee County Historical Commission & Museum.

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The road sign for the women’s club adorns the lawn outside of the clubhouse. The Branford Women’s Club was founded by Lily Witherell. (Erika Clesi/WUFT News)

Chris Daniel reminisces on her time in the organization.

“She talked to me about becoming a member because they needed young blood to help out here,” she said.

She joined the women’s club in 2004 after an invite from former club president Dean Gaylord. Another member, Cheryl Mann, who joined shortly after Daniel, said the club was all about community.

Together, the ladies at the Branford Women’s Club sold out events, like “Italian Night,” and they celebrated holidays like Christmas. Daniel said Christmas was the event of the year; They would host a silent auction and big dinner with each member bringing something to the event.

Eric Musgrove, the chair historian at the Suwannee County Historical Commission and Museum, is happy that the BWC reached out to preserve their history.

Musgrove said the club wanted to donate their records rather than seeing them destroyed. He said the group is trying to present and preserve what they can — the key to remembering history. 

For more information on the BWC and other local history, visit the museum Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Live Oak, Florida.


About Erika Clesi

Erika is a reporter for WUFT News who can be reached by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing

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