Walton County Heritage Museum celebrates 25 years

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The restored L&N Train Depot has been the home for the heritage museum since 2002.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 01:47 PM.

With a quarter of a century under its belt, the Walton County Heritage Museum is celebrating with an all-day festival September 21.

"It's a sense of community," said Sharon Grenet, one of the Walton County Heritage Association's board of directors.

Located in the restored L&N Train Depot, the museum houses artifacts, photos and stories from DeFuniak Springs' past. Inside the museum, you can learn about Fred DeFuniak and George Walton Jr., the namesakes of the city and county respectively or learn more about Rubye Burton, the first woman oil distributor in the United States who lived in DeFuniak Springs until she died in 2001 at the age of 101. Or take a peek at pieces of Walton County's history. The museum is also home to the inaugural ball gown of Alice Catts, the wife of 22nd Florida governor, Sidney.

Such rich history should be celebrated, Grenet said.

"It's important to know where you came from," she sad. "Knowing your area's history makes you feel like you're a part of something."

Wayne Sconiers has been a major proponent in preserving and recording Walton County's history. After retiring from the Navy, Sconiers moved back to DeFuniak Springs, his hometown, and began delving into local history. He is currently vice president and treasurer of Walton County Heritage Association as well president of Genealogy Society.

"It all started with me researching my genealogy from my family about six years ago," he said.

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