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 WaltonCountyHeritage@cox.net 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

Walton County Sheriffs

The following list is from Victor Silvestri’s excellent publication, Encyclopedia of Florida Sheriffs, which is available from the Walton County Heritage Museum Gift Shop. The two-volume set has biographies of every sheriff who served in Florida from 1821 until 2008. Four Walton County Sheriffs died while in office: J. Murdock… Continue reading