Main Street DeFuniak Blog

  • 2020 City Government Week to Highlight Major Developments in DeFuniak Springs
    City uses online technology to communicate message during COVID DeFuniak Springs, FL…Leaders of the City of DeFuniak Springs are using the upcoming state-wide celebration of City Government Week to announce various changes impacting community growth, tourism and education through daily website updates, Facebook postings, YouTube uploads and livestreaming online school presentations.  The 2020 City Government Week state-wide observance is October 19-25.   City government leaders have traditionally participated in City GovernmentContinue reading “2020 City Government Week to Highlight Major Developments in DeFuniak Springs”
  • Vote “FOR” North Walton TDT
    Walton County voters registered north of the Choctawhatchee Bay and Intercoastal Waterway will vote this November 3, 2020, on a referendum approved by the Walton County Board of County Commissioners to pass a North Walton Tourist Development Tax, more commonly known as a “bed tax”, to be collected from visitors staying in hotels, condos and other short-term rentals (periods of time less than 6 months). As such, this is notContinue reading “Vote “FOR” North Walton TDT”
  • Main Spotlight: Why the Census Matters to Main Street
    Article from Main Street America It is vital to our nation’s Main Streets and their communities that as many people as possible complete the 2020 Census. Occurring every 10 years, the U.S. Census strives to count the entire population of the United States. The data collected from the census will impact communities for the next decade, from federal funding to political representation to accurate data about the people in yourContinue reading “Main Spotlight: Why the Census Matters to Main Street”
  • Preservation & Renovation: Perla Baking Co.
    Commercial Preservation & Renovation completed by McWhorter Vallée Designs
  • Tax Incentives for Preserving Historic Properties
    Information below provided by National Park Services. The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program encourages private sector investment in the rehabilitation and re-use of historic buildings. It creates jobs and is one of the nation’s most successful and cost-effective community revitalization programs. It has leveraged over $102.64 billion in private investment to preserve 45,383 historic properties since 1976. The National Park Service and the Internal Revenue Service administer the program in partnershipContinue reading “Tax Incentives for Preserving Historic Properties”
  • 2020 Census #ShapeYourFuture
    There’s a lot going on these days…including the Census! As of 8/25/20, 46.7% of DeFuniak Springs households have responded to the Census. This is good progress, but we still have work to do. Help by making sure you get counted and encouraging folks in your network to get counted, too. Response rates as of August 25, 2020. Updated response rates can be found here. What’s the big deal? The Census isContinue reading “2020 Census #ShapeYourFuture”
  • The Big Store
    The corner of Baldwin Avenue and 8th street has always been the center for commerce in DeFuniak Springs. From the earliest years directly after the founding of the town with the railroad, this spot began to grow because of the proximity to the train depot and access to the Chautauqua campus without actually being inside the gated lake yard. The Big Store location originally held the Opera House Store and several other buildings held and operated by theContinue reading “The Big Store”
  • St. Agatha’s Episcopal Church
    A divine reminder of the original Chautauqua One of the key aspects of the Chautauqua movement and rural life throughout America was the deep-rooted belief and worship of God. But at the founding of DeFuniak Springs, there was no formal church established. This all changed as the Baptist, Christian, Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian and Universalist Churches were all founded during the latter part of the 19th century. At the corner of Circle Drive andContinue reading “St. Agatha’s Episcopal Church”
  • City Adopts to Seek Funding for Permanent Farmer’s Market Structure
    “Farmers markets have become a critical ingredient to our nation’s economy, food systems, and communities. Connecting rural to urban, farmer to consumer, and fresh ingredients to our diets, farmers markets are becoming economic and community centerpieces in cities and towns across the U.S.” – U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE On Monday, August 10, 2020, during their Regular Meeting the City Council voted unanimously to being to seek funding through grants forContinue reading “City Adopts to Seek Funding for Permanent Farmer’s Market Structure”
  • Perla Baking Co. | Book Signing with Joanne Klepal
    Saturday, August 22 while strolling through your local Main Street DeFuniak Springs Farmers Market, stop in at Perla Baking Co. to meet local author Joanne Klepal, and enjoy some of Perla’s freshly baked organic pastries and favorite coffee or tea.
  • City Council Adopts Downtown Streetscape Improvements
    “Creating streets for people starts with creating a safe, sustainable, and healthy place for residents and visitors to connect, engage, and support the local economy. Truly the front porch of our communities, successful Main Street’s embrace human-scale design and offer seating areas, inviting public spaces, and streetscape amenities that enhance the overall human experience. They are also easy and safe to navigate, with infrastructure and programming that prioritize and accommodateContinue reading “City Council Adopts Downtown Streetscape Improvements”
  • City Council Meeting: Monday, August 10 | 4PM | Community Center
    Main Street Defuniak Springs will be speaking on two agenda items at the Monday, August 10 City Council Meeting held at the Community Center.
  • Walton-DeFuniak Library
    Directly following the inaugural Florida Chautauqua Assembly, during the winter of 1886 an organization of women formed the “Aid Society” in DeFuniak Springs. Their mission was to welcome the many newcomers who were attracted to our small railroad town by the opening of the Florida Chautauqua the previous year. By early summer in 1887, this energetic group of women began focusing on a much-needed service. It had become apparent that the town lacked a library to provide reference material for the community at the Florida ChautauquaContinue reading “Walton-DeFuniak Library”
  • The Florida Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood
    The Florida Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood is the physical embodiment of every good and pure idea our founding fathers fostered as they established DeFuniak Springs. A Winter Assembly in the Land of Summer. In 1929, a local newspaper report read, “DeFuniak Springs enjoys the distinction of a town built about and idea. It’s history and that of Chautauqua are one, and its action is but thought materialized.” The Hall of Brotherhood youContinue reading “The Florida Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood”
  • Board of Directors Application
    We are happy to hear you are interested in joining our Main Street DeFuniak Springs Board of Directors. We accept applications on a rolling basis. Approval to the board will be voted on by our current Board of Directors and are based on your interested, abilities, skills, and willingness to be part of our organization. Thank you for your submission and we look forward to working with you. Please emailContinue reading “Board of Directors Application”
  • Saturday Farmer’s Market
    Join us every Saturday in Downtown DeFuniak for the Farmer’s Market held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. (July – September) on Baldwin Avenue.
  • L&N Train Depot
    The Florida Legislature chartered the Pensacola and Atlantic Railroad in March of 1881 to connect Chattahoochee to Pensacola with 170 miles of railway. Colonel W. D. Chipley, general manager of the Pensacola Railroad, led the surveying expedition with Colonel T. T. Wright and Major W. J. VanKirk to plot the easiest course for the new rail line. It is said that, after much travel through densely forested trees and wilds of undeveloped lands of Northwest Florida, the groupContinue reading “L&N Train Depot”

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