A cup of tea with a heaping spoonful of history

Published: Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 09:50 AM.

No peaking! Do you know where the highest point in Florida is?

That would be Britton Hill, 345 feet above sea level, and located in our own Walton County .

Do you know where the first county seat of Walton County was?

Not DeFuniak Springs, but Alaqua. The county seat was not moved to DeFuniak Springs until the railroad arrived in the 1880s.

Named after Frederick DeFuniak, a vice president of L&N Railroad of French descent, the town was mostly settled by Scots who came down from North Carolina and were trying to get away from the Brits who settled up north. They encountered friendly Indians along the way who taught them their ways and how to follow the Indian trails.

The Scots brought with them their religion: the Presbyterian church.

Long-time Grayton Beach resident David Bludworth shared this bit of Walton County history Wednesday afternoon at Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet as attendees sipped tea at 3 p.m.

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