Category Archives: Walton history

Learn about WWII and its connection to South Walton at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Jan. 12

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Coffeen Nature Preserve on January 12, 2018 from 10 – 11 a.m. Come learn about the connection between Coffeen Nature Preserve, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and WWII. This program is free … Continue reading

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U.S. Hwy. 331 from Choctawhatchee Bay Bridge to State Road 20 slated to open July 6

The U.S. 331 widening project between the Choctawhatchee Relief Bay Bridge and State Road 20 in Walton County will reach a milestone on Wednesday, July 6 when all four lanes of traffic will be open to drivers. Work to widen … Continue reading

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Military relics, land conservation cohabitate at Coffeen Nature Preserve

Former WWII missile test launch facility home to diverse sand pine trails As many people buzz up and down U.S. Highway 98 in Santa Rosa Beach, few ever notice the small entrance signs to the Coffeen Nature Preserve and Four … Continue reading

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Historical tour of Coffeen Nature Preserve Sept. 30

Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), in partnership with Northwest Florida State College, are offering the fall season of their popular eco-tourism initiative, Eco Adventures of Walton County. Explore the Coffeen Nature Preserve and its history … Continue reading

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Historical tour of Coffeen Nature Preserve Sept. 9

Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), in partnership with Northwest Florida State College, are offering the fall season of their popular eco-tourism initiative, Eco Adventures of Walton County. Explore the Coffeen Nature Preserve and its history … Continue reading

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A look back at Freeport’s former Bay Grove Motel and its owner Charlie Stiller

By Beckie Buxton, Freeport historian Have you ever wondered about the Bay Grove Motel, restaurant and service station? Remnants of the buildings still remain at the northwest base of the Clyde B. Wells (Hwy. 331) bridge. Freeport natives tell us … Continue reading

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