In 1995, some of the town's people had an idea that we needed a museum. So they started it, put it together and we've been adding to it ever since" said Vice President of Heritage Museum Marie Hinson.
The Walton County heritage museum has become a mainstay for history throughout the county. The old train depot in Defuniak Springs was transformed to house cultural and time period displays.
"We have a military display back here. We have a hooked rug that was hooked by Ms. Ruby burton. We have Sammy Rachels, a pro golfer we have his Waterford crystal trophies in the next room in here” said Hinson.
Past hotel memorabilia, iconic grocery store items and signage also line the walls of the museum. Heritage museum vice president Marie Hinson says they get a lot of support from Defuniak residents but not a lot from other Walton county residents.
"Well so many people still do not know that we're here and we want them to know this is free access. You know you come in. There a donation jar you can leave a donation if you'd like, we love that but it's free to the public" said Hinson.
The heritage museum is the only one of its kind in Walton County and continues to grow as the word spreads. The heritage museum is open every Tuesday through Saturday from one until four pm.
Hinson says brand new displays and ideas are always welcomed.