Walton County Heritage Association
Museum & Genealogy Society

Preserving the History and Heritage of Walton County, Florida

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The former L&N Train Depot
is home to the museum.

The City of DeFuniak Springs restored the Depot in 2002.

Walton County Museum Open
Tuesday - Saturday 1 to 4 pm.




Visit our diplsay which honors the old Lakeside Hospital and the doctors who served there .


For many years in DeFuniak Springs the word "hospital" brought to mind one particular place: Lakeside Hospital. When it opened on Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs in 1939 it was a single story clinic, but by 1941 became the first registered hospital in Walton County. Seven years later the second story was added. It continued in operation until 1972.

Currently the Lakeside Hospital is owned by the Florida Chautauqua Association. This non-profit organization is raising funds to save the historic building which is in need of extensive repair. If you are interested in donating or in helping to preserve its future as a landmark in DeFuniak Springs please link here to the Florida Chautauqua email.



The WCHA thanks the

DeFuniak Springs Women's Club

for their efforts in promoting and preserving local history by honoring

"Women of Light"

These are women, both past and present, who have impacted our local community or who are from our community and have contributed significantly to the world at large.

Periodically the community is invited to celebrate the accomplishments of one of these women at a gathering. Each woman is also honored with a granite marker in the Lakeyard on Circle Drive.

Pictured above is WCHA president, Marie Hinson (left) with the most recent honoree:


Past honorees include:

Rubye H. Burton
The Lady of the Lake


Gladys Milton
Beloved Midwife


Ann Robinson
Renaissance Woman


Juanita Little
Lt. Col. USAF NC
WWII     Korea    Vietnam


Marie Lathinghouse

Our renovations are complete! What a difference we've made! Come see a brighter, more organized Walton County Heritage Museum. Link here to see the changes.

Link here to see why Defuniak Springs is #7 of "The 8 Most Beautiful, Charming Small Towns In Florida"

Interested in becoming members of the Walton County Heritage Association? Link here.

The Walton County Heritage Museum
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday from 1:00 until 4:00 P.M. [or by appointment]
Admission is free.
See our Calendar for activities at the Museum.
Address: 1140 Circle Dr, DeFuniak Springs, Fl 32435
Phone: 850-951-2127    Email: heritagemuseum@centurylink.net

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