Garnier Post Office Museum
One of the area’s oldest mail handling facilities, the Garnier Post Office was built in 1918 and used until 1953.
It was originally built of cypress with a shingled roof. Inside the two-room structure are the 36 mail slots with the names of voters from the 19th Precinct who came to place their ballots in a locked wooden ballot box.
Included in the display case are old periodicals, a mailbag and a typewriter. Framed documents, photos and paintings hang on the wooden walls of the two rooms. A beautiful display of historic stamps is also framed on the wall.
The City of Fort Walton Beach and the Junior Service League restored the Garnier Post Office in 1979. The Post Office is now located behind the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum in the City’s Heritage Park & Cultural Center and is open the same hours as the schoolhouse.
Civil War Exhibit Building
Three flags are flown outside the building like the ones used by the Confederacy during the U.S. Civil War. Inside the building you will find a diorama depicting a typical campsite for a soldier stationed here during the war: tent,clothes, and various personal items. Wall panels feature information about Florida’s succession, slavery in Florida, prisoners of war, Pensacola’s strategic importance, Battle of Santa Rosa Sound, Western Theater, the Florida Brigade, Olustee Monument, Walton Guards, and Camp Walton.
This museum is located behind the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum, and is handicap accessible. Admission is included with your regular museum admission. Open June – August / Monday – Saturday Noon – 4:00 pm. For the rest of the year, the museum is open from 1-3 pm Monday – Saturday.
This museum opened to the public in June 2011