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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

January Members Meeting

Please join us on Thursday, January 17, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at the Museum for our first Members Meeting of the year. Our speaker will be Hank Klein who will present "Major Public Land Laws in the United States."

H. C. “Hank” Klein has long been interested in the history of Destin, Florida, and the genealogy of his father-in-law’s and mother-in-law’s families (Marler and Shirah). Both came from pioneer Destin families and both were related to Leonard Destin, the original founder of Destin, Florida.

Klein’s father-in-law’s aunt, Emma Marler, married George Destin, the first born son of Leonard and Martha Destin. While Hank’s mother-in-law’s sister, Alice Shirah, married George D. Destin the son of George Destin and grandson of Leonard and Martha Destin.

Klein has written books documenting their family genealogy, and he has had a monthly "History Mystery" column in The Destin Log newspaper since 2013.

Walton County Businesses Memorabilia

baseball caps
Photo by Sharon Grenet

Visit Our Exhibit of Walton County Caps

Marty and Art Dees donated the hats in this special exhibit, and we are pleased to share them with our visitors. According to Marty, "Many of these hats are from businesses where we held remote broadcasts either with WGTX/WQUH or WZEP. There are lots of great memories of the owners and employees as well as many listeners who participated. These hats hung on the wall of Art's office at WZEP for many years."

Some of the businesses and organizations represented by the caps are WZEP (of course!), DeFuniak Little League, OW (now Northwest Florida State College), Jimmy's Paint & Body Shop, and L&H Automotive.

We also have a nice selection of fans hanging on the wall behind the caps. We welcome donations of memorabilia from Walton County businesses. Thanks, Marty and Art!

Featured Video: Inauguration of Gov. Catts


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

Featured Book

Walton County: Old Cemeteries

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