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Many of the same things that made DeFuniak Springs so popular in its early years are still found here today. A quiet friendly community, today it still hosts cultural events like the Florida Chautauqua Assembly, Florida Chautauqua Theater, Grit and Grace, various Arts and Crafts groups, and a sense of community unique to itself. The historic district has changed very little over the years. Many of the homes built in early years, by visitors to the Florida Chautauqua who moved here from the north, along with business men of the time, still stand. Homes built by people like Wallace Bruce, internationally known author, lecturer, longest president of the Florida Chautauqua, and former U. S Consul to Edinburgh Scotland, as well as Isabella McDonald Alden, known by her pen name Pansy, who wrote many loved Christian children’s novels, to name a few.
Today the historic train depot, owned by the City of DeFuniak Springs, houses the Walton Heritage Museum operated by the Walton Heritage Association. The City also owns the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood, which was built to replace the old Tabernacle auditorium built in 1884. Built in less than a year, the new Hall of Brotherhood was first used February 3rd, 1909 for the opening exercises of the Florida Chautauqua. At that time it was known as the most modern auditorium in the south with color dissolving lighting, seating for 4000, and a grand entryway designed to look like the U. S Capitol. The stage in the auditorium was said to be able to hold 100 actors. In 1975 hurricane Eloise destroyed the recently restored auditorium, so today only the front lobby and classroom portion remain and are rented out for special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, and reunions. Historic down town remains much as it did when visitors would arrive by train 100 years ago; the buildings retain their historic look.
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.