DeFuniak Springs Chautauqua Festival emphasizes area history

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DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (WTVY) – DeFuniak Springs turns the clock back for the 2018 Chautauqua Festival with displays and exhibitions emphasizing the areas history.

Friday many local school children toured the educational exhibits scattered around Lake DeFuniak.

Stops on the walking tour included an early pioneer camp. Re-enactors showed how early settlers may have lived. They also demonstrated cooking over an open fire and offered visitors home-made biscuits and butter.

Students sat around and learned about the history of Native Americans in the Panhandle.

Re-enactors dressed in uniforms from the union and confederacy brought the civil war to life for students.

The Florida Forestry Service exhibit brought students into the state's native long-leaf pine forests. Displays let visitors match animals with their tracks. Stuffed animals show the diversity of life in Florida's forests.

DeFuniak Springs Chautauqua Festival runs through January 27th.

See the festival's program guide for a full list of exhibits and learning/lecture opportunities throughout the festival.