Area History



Video of a brief history of Walton County:





The Book Store by Liz Sinclair, Proprietor


The Book Store, family owned since January 1991, occupies the King Drug Store building at the corner of Sixth Street and Baldwin Avenue downtown.


The store was part of three contiguous buildings opened in December of 1899. The group might now be described as one-stop-shopping in turn-of-the-century DeFuniak Springs. the King buildings provided hardware, general mercantile (including mules and chickens), and the corner drug store with Dr. King’s office in back.


the Book Store is on the National Register of Historic Places. Where once were apothecary bottles, a soda fountain, liniments, and lotions, are now thousands of new and used books. Browsers are welcome. The Book Store opens Tuesday through Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM. There is a hitching post and water trough across the street to accommodate horses.


Trivia: On January 7, 1921 DeFuniak Springs buried GLOOM. The burial was symbolic; the event was a party. Mayor Kemper and the DeFuniak Springs Horn Band led a funeral procession through the town to the spot near the Courthouse where they buried Fuller, Gloom. the burial procession started near the Masonic Temple, now the home of the Hotel DeFuniak. The symbols are still on the building and GLOOM remains buried.