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

Charles Braxton McKinnon, M.D.

Among the more distinguished physicians and surgeons of Walton County, who have established a reputation for ability and integrity, none are more worthy of attention than Dr. Charles B. McKinnon, of DeFuniak Springs. He has not only achieved honorable success in his profession, but has gained distinction in public and… Continue reading

Black Public Officials, 1867-1879

In honor of Black History Month, below are four men who held office during Reconstruction. This information is excerpted from Florida’s Black Public Officials, 1867-1924 by Canter Brown (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1998). Henry W. Call Born 1834, Florida. Mulatto. AME Minister. Alive in DeFuniak Springs 1910. Washington County… Continue reading