Local historian honors late uncle with publication

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To celebrate the 55th anniversary of the T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Museum, local historian Brenda Rees has issued a book honoring her great uncle.

Special to The Sun
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 10:58 AM.

 

To celebrate the 55th anniversary of the T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Museum, local historian Brenda Rees has issued a book honoring her great uncle.

Rees is a Walton County native but lived much of her adult life away, in places such as Texas and Alaska. She built her South Walton home in 1989. She met her great-uncle a couple of times, but didn't know him well — mostly through family lore.

However, she describes a great and kind man who was generous, loved kids, and was passionate about preserving historic sites and collections.

"He would let you touch things," recalls Rees.

Wentworth moved to Florida in 1821 from Mobile. He only had a fourth-grade education.

His greatness came not from a monetary wealth, but rests with his entrepreneurial nature and passion for preserving historic sites.



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