No peaking! Do you know where the highest point in
That would be Britton Hill, 345 feet above sea level, and located in our own
Do you know where the first county seat of
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
The Scots brought with them their religion: the Presbyterian church.
Bludworth said the original settlers in our area were people interested in education and founded three colleges, including
"The Calvinist influence was in
The early settlers of
The Chautauqua was an adult education movement, popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Chautauqua assemblies spread throughout rural
Bludworth began coming to our area 69 years ago and often gives performances at Chautauqua. He was joined in the history presentation by area historian Brenda Rees.
Rees told how
Andrew Jackson was the first governor of the state of
Walton was the eighth county formed in the state.
The county was named for George Walton, Jr., whose father signed the Declaration of Independence.
"All the power was up here," said Bludworth. "Air conditioning and the cure for yellow fever were discovered just down the road from here in Port St. Joe."
Rees agreed that calling this area the Redneck Riviera was a misnomer.
"This area was very diverse from the beginning, sophisticated, educated and open," she said.
Rees is a
The next Tea at 3 will be on Oct. 23. The speaker will be Ginger Sinton, speaking about South Walton's