Discover DeFuniak Springs, and a part of America’s history, in the heart of Northwest Florida. Walk in the footsteps of presidents and first ladies, famous poets and American songwriters, brave abolitionists and heroic astronauts, national heroes and Hollywood stars.
DeFuniak Springs is home to a once-gated campus/resort built during the Victorian era and marketed to the nation as “The Education Resort of the South.” The historic grounds of this campus/resort first welcomed visitors to the annual, multi-week Florida Chautauqua Assembly from 1885 to 1927. Incredibly, the grounds are mostly intact today and the charming structures collectively are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
And DeFuniak Springs still welcomes visitors. Come and explore its history year-round, see the grounds at Christmas as more than 6 million lights adorn the Victorian structures and are reflected in the perfectly-round spring-fed lake.
Dine and stay in the recently restored hotel. Stroll the grounds for history, birding, picnicking and exercise. Shop in the antique and home décor stores and experience the culture of the community through quality family events such as the revived Florida Chautauqua Assembly, Christmas Reflections, Gras Fest, Lake Fest, the biennial Quilt Show, and Marvel of Flight Fly-In and Expo.
DeFuniak Springs is the perfect place to learn about a part of Florida’s – and America’s – history.