Rubye Walden Burton

Rubye Irene Holland was born in Georgia on January 12, 1900. She first married a man named John H. Littlefield. That union ended at some point, and Rubye then married Talmer Marion Walden. Rubye and Talmer Walden moved to DeFuniak Springs in the early 1930s to open an automobile dealership

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James McLean

There are several James McLeans in the early history of Walton County. This one is discussed in John Love McKinnon’s book, History of Walton County. A gentleman named Anthony Brownell built a large hotel near what we now know as Ponce de Leon State Park. The hotel did well for

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State Normal Messenger

The Messenger was published by the State Normal School, a teachers’ college that operated in DeFuniak Springs from 1887 until 1905. After it closed, the male students were transferred to the University of Florida in Gainesville, and the female students to the Florida College for Women (now Florida State University)

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Handmade Quilt

Handmade quilts such as the one pictured here were common in homes throughout Walton County. This one was used at the old DeFuniak Hotel, which was on Baldwin Avenue, until the 1960s. [Accession No. 2002-11-11: Donated by James E. Moore]

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Hoe

The hand-forged hoe pictured above was typical of those made and used in Walton County. [Accession No. 2002-11-9: Donated by James E. Moore]

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