The Heritage Collection

The Road to Health, Happiness and Prosperity

The R.E.L. McCaskill Co. published a promotional booklet in 1920 called “The Road to Health, Happiness and Prosperity.” The booklet interlaced facts and photographs with folksy prose designed to lure farmers and ranchers to Walton County. The inside cover featured a photograph of his home on Circle Drive. “Our interest

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Silo Scraper

The tall tool with a fin-shaped blade was discovered under the DeFuniak-Walton Library building. It was used to scrape the inside of a grain silo. [Donated by Dan Owens, then Head Librarian, Walton County Library System] [Accession No. 2012.19.1]

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Tobacco Farms

The following item appeared in The Marlboro Democrat of Bennettsville, South Carolina, on July 19, 1889: Large tobacco farms, to be worked and managed by skilled Cubans, have just been established at De Funiak Springs, Fla. Tobacco grown there from Havana seed is said to be even finer and more

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National Forest Headquarters

This item appeared in the Bradford County Telegraph (Starke, Florida) on September 30, 1910: The headquarters of the [Choctawhatchee] and Ocala National Forest will be moved from DeFuniak Springs to Pensacola and the supervisor in charge of these forests is making preparations to [transfer] the office. This will be done

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