How DeFuniak Springs Acquired Its Name

By Anna Reardon, Staff Writer, DeFuniak Springs Herald-Breeze, December 28, 1972, Page 1Published by the Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County, Volume XIX, Number 66, Winter 1995, Pages 52-53. The man for whom the town of DeFuniak Springs was named, was a Frenchman, according to his grandson, Colonel William Q. DeFuniak… Continue reading

The Ferries and Bridges Linking Freeport and Point Washington

Note: The following article was compiled from numerous articles published over the years. Please leave a comment or send an email to if you can correct or clarify this brief history. Thank you! A ferry was established in 1921 that linked Point Washington with the northern communities of Walton… Continue reading

Why were teachers colleges called “normal schools”?

THANK FRANCE; the phrase is derived from “école normale,” which was used for institutions designed to instill standards of pedagogy and curriculum in teachers-to-be, says Debbie Schaefer-Jacobs, associate curator in the Division of Cultural and Community Life at the National Museum of American History. America’s first state-sponsored normal school opened… Continue reading