Culture and Heritage
"The DeFuniak Springs First Presbyterian Church, organized in
November, 1883, was spearheaded by Dr.
Daniel L. Campbell, a member of one of the Scottish families who settled
in Euchee Valley. Dr.
Campbell became a permanent resident of DeFuniak Springs about the time the Louisville and Nashville
Railroad designated 'Open Pond' as the location of one of
its stations in 1881 or 1882. Read more
about this on one of the Carol Middleton sites on line. To learn more about this topic use your browser's search
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(words one might expect to find in the page or article, such as Euchee Valley, Florida), or the
Eucheeanna Community, the first Scottish
settlement in territorial Florida, was named in honor of the Euchee Indians.
Eucheeanna consisted of a school, court
house, jail, Masonic and Odd Fellows halls, general stores, a sawmill and a
grist mill. In 1868, Eucheeanna was the county
seat for Walton County until the court house was burned by an
arsonist in May, 1885. On May 27, 1886, a commission approved moving the Walton County seat to DeFuniak Springs. The Civil War
came to Eucheeanna on September 23, 1864 when the federal troops, under General
Ashboth, came to raze and plunder on their way to Marianna and Tallahassee.
John Forbes Innerarity
1813 - 1868 was a Scottish orthodox physician, born in Mobile, America,who converted to homeopathy and returned to America . John married Frances Hamilton W. Scarborough Johnson, 1816
- 1880. They had 13 children.
Presbyterian Church near Milton, FL has had an Annual Scottish Festival on church grounds for several
years. The address is 4587 Woodbine Rd. Pace, FL. (Search on the church name, location)
Scottish Emigration to Colonial America, 1607 - 1785 by David Dobson. On page
167 there is a discussion of the
Scottish influence in West Florida.
The Scottish Festival and Highland Games, Panama City, FL.
This website features the Panama city Pipes
and Drums; Emerald Coast Pipe and Drums; The Tinkers, The Wyndbreakers and more. In
light of the many Scots who were early settlers in our area, the Panama City
festival is a fitting site for a highland gathering. You might meet a distant relative at the Clan
Tents. The Scottish festivities don't
end as the sun sets and the crowds leave the grounds of Grace
Presbyterian Church. The popular Ceilidh (KAY-lee) awaits you in the evening and the celebration
continues! Celtic musicians and performers will continue the
excitement well into the night. It's all here at the Panama City Highland Games
and Scottish Festival. these
clans:recently at the Highland Games and Scottish Festival in Panama City, FL lists
Chautauqua Institution was founded in 1874 on Lake Chautauqua in western New York state. The first Florida Chautauqua
convened on the banks of Lake DeFuniak in 1885. It was the second Chautauqua
founded in America and was one of many nationwide attracted
noted educators and famous lecturers. The Hall of Brotherhood, containing an
auditorium seating 4,000 people was completed in 1910 at a cost of $28,000. By
the beginning of the 20th century the national Chautauqua movement had declined
and the Florida Chautauqua closed in 1920. The Hall of Brotherhood was listed
in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, but in 1975 a hurricane
destroyed the auditorium wing and severely damaged the rest of the structure.
Since then, there has been an ongoing program to fully restore the building.
DeFuniak Chatauqua: Recent Speaker:
Leslie. Mrs. Leslie is a widely
published travel author. She has contributed several guidebooks on Florida and her articles have
appeared in Texas Highways, Coast to Coast, and Scottish Life and various other
magazines and newspapers. She authored an article about DeFuniak Springs and
the Chautauqua for Victorian Homes in 2002. She has also written curriculum
materials for the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Rees. She has a B.A. from Sam Houston State University, a
M.Ed. from Texas A&M University, additional history work at University of West Florida, and Florida Master
Naturalist Certificate. She was a presenter at the 2006 Gulf South History and
Humanities Conference and has been a frequent presenter at the Florida
Chautauqua Assembly in recent years of Shaping Florida,John Wesley in Spanish
Florida and the debut of A Portrayal of Octavia Walton Le Vert. Other original
events include the Walton County 200 Countdown Celebration and the unveiling of
George Walton, Jr.'s picture. The T.T. Wentworth, Jr. State Museum in Pensacola is named for her great
uncle. Family members have been active in Florida for nearly 200 years.
Hernando de Soto (c. 1496 - 1542) -Spanish
explorer. Explored Florida, mainly northwest Florida,
and discovered the Mississippi River.
Foothold in Florida, The Eye-Witness Account of Four Voyages made by the French to that
Region....” Sarah Lawson and John W.
Faupel, editors. 1992 East Grinstead, West Sussex, England: Antique Atlas Publ..
Baker Block Museum Educational Services. Baker, FL. (850) 537-5714