Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park & Cultural Center
The City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park & Cultural Center consists of the Indian Temple Mound Museum, Fort Walton Temple Mound, Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum, Garnier Post Office Museum and the newly opened Civil War Exhibit Hall.
The Indian Temple Mound Museum is a museum of archaeological finds related to the prehistoric cultural traditions of the Southeastern United States. It houses artifacts from prehistoric Native American cultures, European and Colonial exploration, and the settlement of early Fort Walton Beach.
The museum houses Native American objects and archaeological items which reflect the heritage and artistic achievements of the areas Native Peoples. The museum is recognized as having one of the finest collections of prehistoric ceramics in the Southeastern United States.
From Sept to May the Indian Temple Mound Museum is open Monday - Friday noon to 4:30pm and Saturdays from 10:00am - 4:30pm. From June to August it is open Monday - Saturday 10:00am to 4:30pm.
The Fort Walton Temple Mound is on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark. It is the type-site for the Fort Walton Culture Phase, AD1000 to AD1500. The mound is a large, rectangular, flat-topped, truncated pyramid. A ramp extended up the south side of the mound structure and is still visible today.
The Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum is a historic two-room structure that maintains and exhibits educational materials, documents and photographs from the early history of Camp Walton (1900s to the 1930s). It is the original structure built in 1911, but the school was adaptively restored by the Junior Service League of FWB in 1976 when it was opened as a museum. The City of Fort Walton Beach assumed its operations in 1986.
The Garnier Post Office Museum is the original two-room post office once located at the intersection of Mooney and Garnier Post Roads and in use from 1918 to 1953. The museum is a historic structure, which exhibits artifacts, documents and images from the rural postal era of Okaloosa County. The post office is located behind the Camp Walton Schoolhouse.
The Civil War Exhibits building opened in June 2011 and tells the story of the Walton Gaurd stationed in the area in 1861. It is also located behind the Camp walton schoolhouse.
The historic buildings are open from Sept to May Monday to Saturday 1:00 to 3:00pm. From June to August Monday to Saturday noon to 4:00pm.