The Fascinating History of the Camp Walton Schoolhouse
How would you like a glimpse of what life in the Emerald Coast was like one hundred years ago? Originally built in 1911, the Camp Walton Schoolhouse is a well preserved window into the fascinating past of Fort Walton Beach. Located right around the corner from our bed and breakfast in Destin, the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum is an excellent historic attraction.
The schoolhouse was constructed in 1911 by the residents of Camp Walton, the coastal community that would eventually become present day Fort Walton Beach. Made out of native pine and oak, this tiny school had only had one room. 15 children from 8 different grades were all taught by one teacher! In 1927, another room was added onto the schoolhouse so an additional teacher could teach teenagers in grades 9 through 12.
The Camp Walton Schoolhouse was closed down when the all brick Fort Walton School opened in 1936. After its closure, the Camp Walton Schoolhouse was moved to a new location and used as apartments for a number of families during the WWII era. In the 1970s, the deteriorating building was scheduled for demolition, when it was rescued by the Junior Service League, who convinced the owners to donate the schoolhouse so it could be converted into a museum. Today, the schoolhouse can be visited Monday through Saturday from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. You can find the schoolhouse at 127 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548.
After visiting this intriguing historic site, you will be ready to retire to your room in our beautiful bed and breakfast in Destin. Featuring complimentary wine and chocolates upon arrival, a gourmet restaurant and a beachside cocktail bar, it is easy to see why the Henderson Park Inn was voted the most romantic hotel in North America. Visit our Rooms and Rates page to find the perfect suite for your next couple’s vacation!