Walton County Heritage
Association, Museum and
Genealogy Society

Preserving the History and Heritage of Walton County, Florida

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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 Number: 850-401-2060    
Email: heritagemuseum@brighthouse.com

Explore Palmer College in 1928!

Buy your bags at Winn-Dixie, 1030 Highway 331 South, DeFuniak Springs!

James C. Sheppard, M.D.
"It was the right thing to do."

A Biography by Sam Carnley

The biography of cardiologist and Walton County resident Dr. Jimmy Sheppard who has amassed and restored the largest known collection of John Deere equipment in the world.

Hardcover, 238 pages, photographs.

$30.00 plus $2.10 tax = $32.10
(cash or check only)

Add $5.oo shipping & handling to online orders.


Historic District: 772 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs

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 quite unusual at the time. After Mr. and Mrs. Gillis died one week apart in 1931, the house was occupied by the President of Palmer College. From 1940-1965, the house was owned by Marshall Lightfoot, a pharmacist who owned Lightfoot's Pharmacy and the Lake Hotel, which were located in the current Hotel DeFuniak.

To see what it looks like now, click here.

Access past issues of Walton Relations here.
The May 2023 issue is available here.

Genealogists: Go to the new Library page to see if we have books that may help you with your searches. We have over 40 volumes of the Heritage series as well as many books about families of this area.

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