Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Fort Walton Beach Area Historic Sites


Fort Walton Beach, of course, is known as a major gateway to the beautiful white sand beaches and emerald waters of Northwest Florida. Destin is just a short distance away, as are Navarre and Santa Rosa Island.

Nestled in the heart of this popular destination is a cluster of historic sites that are well worth taking a break away from fun on the beach to explore.

Fort Walton Beach's Heritage Park & Cultural Center has been developed around the well-known Fort Walton Temple Mound and adjacent Indian Temple Mound Museum and now also includes the beautifully restored Camp Walton Schoolhouse, dating from 1912, and the 1918 Garnier Post Office.

The buildings were saved through the efforts of the Junior Service League, Okaloosa County School District and City of Fort Walton Beach. They have been restored to their original appearance and offer visitors a chance to step back in time to learn more about the early educational and postal history of Northwest Florida.

Other exhibits of interest include a cannon from the Civil War fort built by Confederate forces at Fort Walton Beach, historic markers, displays and more.


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