Walton County Heritage Association
Museum & 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.

The City of DeFuniak Springs restored the Depot in 2002.

Walton County Museum Open
Tuesday - Saturday 1 to 4 pm.

The WCHA Board of Directors presented a check for $500 to Robert Daniels and Dr. Dennis Ray to support the "Raise the Roof" campaign to help save the Lakeside Hospital Building. Anyone interested in helping to preserve this historic site may pick up a donation form at the Walton County Heritage Museum. For more information, you may also contact the Florida Chautauqua Association through their email at floridashistoricchautauqua@yahoo.com

Current Exhibit


For many years in DeFuniak Springs the word "hospital" brought to mind one particular place: Lakeside Hospital. When it opened on Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs in 1939 it was a single story clinic, but by 1941 became the first registered hospital in Walton County. Seven years later the second story was added. It continued in operation until 1972.

Currently the Lakeside Hospital is owned by the Florida Chautauqua Association. This non-profit organization is raising funds to save the historic building which is in need of extensive repair. If you are interested in donating or in helping to preserve its future as a landmark in DeFuniak Springs please link here to the Florida Chautauqua email.

Calendar of Events 2016

For more information link to event.

Peddlers Alley
October 1
8am - 1pm
Alley between 6th & 10th Streets, DeFuniak Springs
Oct. 3-8
Fairgrounds: 790 N. 9th St, Defuniak Springs
Chuckwagon Concert
October 7
6:30 pm
DeFuniak Springs Community Ctr: 361 N 10th St
Sale On the Circle
October 8
8am - 2pm
Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs

Oct 21/22

Oct 28/29

7pm- 10pm


7pm - Midnight

Old Lakeside Hospital 1290 Circle Dr, DeFuniak Springs (Sponsored by the Florida Chautauqua and DeFuniak Springs Art Co-Op)
Halloween Happenings
October 31
Historic Downtown DeFuniak Springs
Trick or Treating
October 31
5pm - 7:30pm
Around Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs (Sponsored by the DFS Women's Club)
Downtown Arts Night
November 4
6pm - 9pm
Baldwin Avenue, DeFuniak Springs (Co-Sonsored by the DeFuniak Springs Art Co-op and The ARTNOOK)
A Scottish Evening
November 12
5pm - 10pm
4C BBQ 1045 Hwy 331, Defuniak Springs (profits to benenfit the WCHA)
Nov 25 - Dec 31
5pm - 9pm
Six million lights decorating the Lakeyard around Lake DeFuniak
Hometown Christmas
November 26
8am - 4pm
Walton County Fairgrounds: 790 N. 9th St, Defuniak Springs
Festival of Trees
Dec. 2 - 5
Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood, 95 Circle Dr., DeFuniak Springs
December 3
10am - 5 pm
A tour of historic homes and buildings in DeFuniak Springs (sponsored by St. Agatha's Episcopal Church)
Christmas Parade
December 10
1 pm
Circle drive, DeFuniak Springs

Our renovations are complete! What a difference we've made! Come see a brighter, more organized Walton County Heritage Museum. Link here to see the changes.

Link here to see why Defuniak Springs is #7 of "The 8 Most Beautiful, Charming Small Towns In Florida"

Interested in becoming members of the Walton County Heritage Association? Link here.

The Walton County Heritage Museum
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday from 1:00 until 4:00 P.M. [or by appointment]
Admission is free.
See our Calendar for activities at the Museum.
Address: 1140 Circle Dr, DeFuniak Springs, Fl 32435
Phone: 850-951-2127    Email: heritagemuseum@centurylink.net

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