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DeFuniak Springs in Walton County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Walton-DeFuniak Library

 
 
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By Lee Hattabaugh, November 27, 2010
1. Walton-DeFuniak Library Marker
Inscription. The Walton-DeFuniak Library opened during the first decade of the existence of the town of DeFuniak Springs. This community originated in the early 1880's as a station on the new Pensacola and Atlantic Railroad. The town was named for Frederick de Funiak, president of the P. and A. Railroad, a subsidiary of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. Railroad officials promoted the development of the area's recreational resources. In the mid-1880's, representatives of the widely popular Chautauqua association, an adult education movement combining education with religion and recreation, selected DeFuniak Springs was the Florida assembly grounds site. In 1885, the first annual session of the Florida Chautauqua Association was held here. Local women realized that library resources were needed for the Florida Chautauqua. In 1886, an "Aid Society" was formed which the next year became the "Ladies Library Association." By the end of 1887, the DeFuniak Library building was completed. The Institution became the Walton County Public Library in 1966 and in 1975 was named the Walton-DeFuniak Library. At that time, the library building was the oldest structure in Florida built as a library and still serving that purpose.
 
Erected 1976 by Walton County Ladies Library Association in cooperation with Department
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By Lee Hattabaugh, November 27, 2010
2. Walton-DeFuniak Library Marker
of State. (Marker Number F-267.)
 
Location. 30° 43.105′ N, 86° 6.953′ W. Marker is in DeFuniak Springs, Florida, in Walton County. Marker is at the intersection of Circle Drive and Live Oak Avenue, on the left when traveling south on Circle Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Defuniak Springs FL 32435, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Florida Education Association: The Beginning (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood (about 600 feet away); Florida's First Confederate Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); Walton County Confederate Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cosson Family Tragedy (approx. 5.7 miles away); Eucheeanna Community (approx. 6.7 miles away); Euchee Valley Presbyterian Church And Cemetery (approx. 8.1 miles away); Knox Hill Academy (approx. 10.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in DeFuniak Springs.
 
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By Lee Hattabaugh, November 27, 2010
3. Walton-DeFuniak Library
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 17, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 515 times since then and 45 times this year. Last updated on October 12, 2012, by Ray King of Jacksonville, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 17, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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