Walton County Heritage
Association, Museum and
Genealogy Society

Preserving the History and Heritage of Walton County, Florida

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The former L&N Train Depot
is home to the museum.

L & N

The City of DeFuniak Springs restored the Depot in 2002.

The Walton County Heritage Museum is open
Tuesday through Saturday, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Admission is free.
1140 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32435
Phone: 850-951-2127    
Email: heritagemuseum@brighthouse.com

We depend upon dues and donations to maintain the Museum. Help us preserve and protect the history of Walton County by becoming a member.
2019 Membership Form

The Door to Room 43

Hotel Door

The brown door above was one of the original pine doors at the Hotel Chautauqua. When the hotel was demolished in the early 1960s, the door was incorporated into a restaurant in Fort Walton Beach. It is now back on Circle Drive in our Museum.

Visit Our "Main Street" Exhibit

Main Street - DeFuniak Springs
Photo by Sharon Grenet

Main Street DeFuniak Springs

The Main Street DeFuniak Springs organization has been accredited as both a Main Street America and a Florida Main Street program. Main Street America is a program of the National Main Street Center. It revitalizes older and historic commercial districts to build vibrant neighborhoods and thriving economies. Florida Main Street is a technical assistance program with the goal of revitalizing historic downtowns and encouraging economic development within the context of historic preservation. In the past year, seven downtown improvement projects have started, and three others have been completed. As a result, 20 new jobs were created, 200 volunteer hours were donated, and 10 commercial properties were purchased for redevelopment.

In 2019, Main Street is planning three programs to draw new visitors to DeFuniak Springs. The Smithsonian Institute exhibit, "Crossroads: Change in Rural America," is in town through June 22; the Florida Humanities Council is sponsoring wayside signs for an historic walking tour through the original Chautauqua campus and historic business district; and Visit Florida will distribute a new Visitors Guide and Tourism Map at its welcome centers throughout Florida.

For more information about the "Crossroads" exhibit, click here. The exhibit is in “Anita’s Half & Half” at 702 Baldwin Avenue, DeFuniak Springs. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The June issue of Walton Relations is now available: click here. Past issues of Walton Relations are available online: click here.

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