UWF history professor's book is a guide to regional heritage

Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 12:06 PM.

"People came from Pensacola in their Model T's just to ride up and down a paved road at 35 miles per hour," Rucker said.

At the site of the region's first industrial park, Arcadia Mills Archaeological Site in Milton, visitors follow an elevated walkway and sense the large scale of the long lost sawmill, turpentine still and cotton gin complex.

Downtown Milton's historic center includes the L&N Railroad depot museum. The same railroad served Crestview, which is marked on several pieces of equipment displayed.

Looking east

Like Milton, DeFuniak Springs’ historic downtown is ideal for Victorian architecture lovers, Rucker said. A stroll around Lake DeFuniak is a wander through history.

In addition to a promenade of picturesque railroad industrialists' homes, historic structures include the stately Florida Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood and several elegant churches.

DeFuniak's 1882 L&N Railroad Depot is also now a regional history and culture museum.

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