I grew up in DeFuniak Springs, Florida, a little town in northwest Florida. This unassuming town is unlikely to stand out to the hundreds of travelers who pass through on their pilgrimage to the beaches of South Walton county. Unless…they veer off the crowded path to the center of town.
I have always known my little home town was something special. For one, Lake DeFuniak is one of only two naturally-round lakes in the world. Years ago, people recognized the unique beauty of this area and built beautiful antebellum homes to overlook its banks.
In years gone by, the train ran through DeFuniak Springs and brought hosts of visitors to this area for vacations and cultural enlightenment. It was the home of the Chatauqua.
Named after Chautauqua Lake where the first was held, Chautauqua assemblies expanded and spread throughout rural America until the mid-1920s. A Chautauqua Assembly brought entertainment and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers and specialists of the day.
I have always enjoyed strolling the lake. When I was a young girl, I would walk around it on the way to my monthly orthodontist appointments. I celebrated these solo trips to town with a cold bottle of coke and a candy bar.
Along the way I would pass the DeFuniak Springs library; the oldest library in the state of Florida.
Today, the library is flanked by a lovely garden.
Visitors can now learn more about this charming town and its history by visiting a museum housed in the old train depot.
Do you have a similar place that conjures up memories of your childhood? DeFuniak Springs, Florida is my charming home town. I hope your childhood home brings you as much joy as this small town’s charm has brought me.
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Thanks Kath…that’s a nice little wake-up message! Have a great day!
What a pretty place -thanks for sharing!
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Shellie what a charming home town. I love the architecture. Thanks for the interesting tour.
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It really is a special place, thanks!
Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Thanks for introducing us to your town. I love your outfit
‘Loved your blog post. The pictures of your town were great, and I loved your outfit. #MidLifeLuv
Love this post. I find the history of places, interesting, I love the small town and the library is too cool. How many books can it actually carry? hehe. Love the pretty and causual outfit as well.
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When I was growing up, the library was just what you see. Then, they built on a two-story addition to the back ; )
As a former Tallahassean, I know your town a bit! Charming is correct!
I was just in Tallahassee this week. I took my son to tour FSU and it was gorgeous!
Lovely, lovely pictures. I would love to visit!
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Thanks for stopping by, Renee!
Beautiful! A part of the country I have yet to visit! Reminds me a little of East Texas near Texarkana, so green and lush! And “home-towney!
Yes, a lot of small southern towns share similar features.
I’ve never heard of DeFuniak but it looks like one of the prettiest places and I’d love to visit one day!
(PS: I live in India – so pardon my ignorance!)
Haha…it is a small town, so a lot of Americans wouldn’t know about it either 😉
What gorgeous pictures! I want to come visit!
I would like to meet up with my Twitter friends one day!
What a totally charming town! Thanks so much for being a part of the Fun Fashion Friday fun!
It is a very special place.
That library is so CUTE! I love your outfit too! That flamingo button down is adorable!
I thought they captured the Florida feel 😉
Looks like a fun day! Love your photos and poses =)