The City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park & Cultural Center is home to four museums, each covering a different aspect of Fort Walton Beach history. The Indian Temple Mound Museum houses a collection of artifacts from the area’s prehistoric Native American cultures. Kids will enjoy the interactive exhibits where they can learn such skills as weaving a mat with palmetto fronds, drilling a hole into a wood with a bow drill and creating art designs in pottery.
The Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum is housed in a two-room school used from 1912 to 1936. Here, visitors can hear the history of those who taught and learned in this building, as well as see artifacts used during the time period.
At the Garnier Post Office Museum, see artifacts from Camp Walton, the post office and voting precinct No. 19. Signage in the building also details the evolution of mail delivery from its inception.
In the Civil War Exhibit Building, learn about local and regional Civil War history, with information on the Walton Guard, the Battle of Santa Rosa Sound, and the First Florida Brigade. Be sure to check out the diary of Carrie Berry, a 10-year-old girl living in Atlanta during the Civil War.
The Indian Temple Mound Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The historic buildings are open Monday through Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.
Heritage Park Admission is $5 for adults, $4.50 for military and seniors (age 55 and older), and $3 for children ages 4 to 17. Children 3 and younger are free. All admission fees are subject to tax.