The Heritage Collection

Gillis House, 772 Circle Drive

This American Classical design house was built about 1901 for Stuart Knox Gillis, a teacher and prominent attorney. Mrs. Gillis stenciled the walls of the first floor rooms, which was unusual as was the French red tile roof. Mr. and Mrs. Gillis died within a week of each other, and

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Bissell Sweeper

Anna and Melville Bissell patented the original hard floor sweeper in 1876. This model, the Parlor Queen, was last patented in 1906, so it was likely manufactured in the early 1900s. [Donated by William Holloway] [Accession No. 2010.6.1]

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550 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs

This stately residence was built by master craftsman William Dreyer for Kenneth Bruce, the son of Wallace Bruce who was a founder of the Florida Chautauqua. When the Bruce family lived there, it was used for entertaining visiting Chautauqua celebrities. For many years, the extensive collection of armor collected by

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676 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs

This French Colonial style house was built in 1905 or 1906 by master carpenter Burdick for James A. McLean. The house was constructed of the finest heart pine lumber with a hip roof and broad central chimneys that accent its square dimensions. James McLean considered it the “best spot on

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188 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs

This Queen Ann design house was built about 1900 by one of the Graves brothers who were lumbermen. Later Albert Fletcher Bullard, who was also a prominent lumberman and banker, purchased the house. The Bullard family lived there for many years. The house was later purchased by Dr. Richard Thomas,

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470 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs

This Colonial Home was built in 1887 for Edward D. Holton. During the years 1894 to 1908, it was owned by four different families. The Thomas Industrial Institution, an early educational facility, purchased the house for its president in 1915. In 1919, Mr. and Mrs. M. E Savage purchased the

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Sunbright Manor

James T. Sherman of Brodhead, Wisconsin, was the original owner of the home that is now known as Sunbright Manor. Construction started on the house about 1886, and it was finished around 1890. Sherman, who was a successful merchant, used the house as the winter residence for his family. The

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