Walton County Heritage Museum celebrates 25 years

Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 01:47 PM.

Eventually one branch in the family would lead to another and another until Sconiers founded Walton County's Genealogy Society.

"Our goal is to preserve the heritage of families of Walton County by gathering research and materials and making it available to the public," he said.

With a database of 52,000 people, you can inquire about your own heritage and see who you're related to. You might be surprised at what you find.

"Someone in your family could've been in the War of 1812 or the Civil War," Sconiers said.

That kind of inquisitive nature, as well as community support, is what has kept the heritage museum running for 25 years.

The festival will not only celebrate the museum, but also the community. The local Girl Scouts will receive their heritage badges, the DeFuniak Springs Friends of the Library will celebrate their 10th anniversary in conjunction with the festival and a spaghetti dinner will take place at First United Methodist Church. You can also catch live music from Sharon Johnson & the Moses Band, Ed Tanza, Karis Opal Murley, Meredith Lee, Absolute Dance, and Curtis Parker, tour an old train caboose, view classic cars and let the little ones drain their energy at the Kid's Fun Zone.

Once the celebration is over, don't forget to regularly visit the museum. While the admission is free, the information and artifacts are priceless.

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