Last Chance: Fort Walton Beach Temple Mound Talks Through August 31

By: Gary McKechnie


One of the most fascinating sites in Florida (at least in my opinion) is the Indian Temple Mound Museum; an ancient structure which you’ll find right in the middle of a modern and active shopping district on Highway 98 in Fort Walton Beach.

And if you visit on Friday, August 23, you’ll be there to enjoy Diane Merkel’s free presentation “DeFuniak Springs: A Pictorial History, 1885-1915.” (FYI: DeFuniak Springs is another fascinating place, so when you combine it with the Temple Mound, then you’ve really got something going.)

Ms. Merkel’s presentation is a visual tour of DeFuniak Springs’ historic district, and if you’ve been there lately you get the feeling not much has changed. The grand homes that encircle nearly-perfectly circular Lake DeFuniak are as lovely as ever, and the old library and Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood are wonderful examples of architectural artistry.

Oh -- the Indian Temple Mound Museum is part of the larger Heritage Park and Cultural Center.

On August 23rd you can experience both.


Indian Temple Mound Museum
139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE (Highway 98)
Fort Walton Beach
(850) 833-9595


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