Walton celebrates another birthday as it heads toward 200

Published: Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 05:17 PM.

Walton was carved out of Escambia County, one of Florida's first two counties created in 1821 and Jackson County, founded in 1822.

During the Countdown to Walton's 200 celebration, each year, Rees reads the poem "Octavia" that Edgar Allan Poe wrote for Walton's daughter, Octavia, who he met once. Octavia was an author and world traveler.

As the sun is setting at her back, following the reading, Rees leads her guests in raising a toast to the county's founding.

This year, she also named an honorary George Walton, Jr. and an honorary Madame Octavia Walton Le Vert. In honor of their marriage in 2012, Rees gave the honor to her new son in law and daughter, Paul and Lauren Rees Wolfe.

"We have a great time at the celebration toasting one of Florida’s most historic and beautiful counties," said Rees. "Those still around in 2024 will celebrate Walton’s bicentennial and share wine that has been set aside each year (in anticipation of the event).”

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