History of Defuniak Springs
Located in Walton County between Pensacola and Tallahassee, DeFuniak Springs emerged in the 1880s as a railroad stop. Not only does DeFuniak Springs reflect a look many remember as Old Florida, it also has a wonderful library (the oldest in Florida still serving the public), the retro Hotel DeFuniak, the Chautauqua Winery, and a lovely collection of Victorian homes in DeFuniak Springs that encircle the nearly symmetrical spring-fed Lake DeFuniak – one of only two such naturally circular bodies of water in the world. (Switzerland has the other one.)
Historic DeFuniak Springs has a rich and broad history which affected the nation, a small town that did great things, and still continues to do great things today.