Defuniak Springs, a once thriving town situated in the panhandle of north Florida off of I- 10 has sadly seen better days. We spent a couple of nights just north of here on the first leg of our 2018 cross country trip and one night we ventured into town to see what we could see. The town unfortunately is like so many that we have traveled through, with the downtown almost completely deserted, boarded up and only a few hardy businesses surviving enough to make a living. There are perhaps hundreds of gorgeous Victorian houses in various states of decay surrounding a lake in the center of town. We did find the one restaurant in town, Bogeys, that seemed to be getting all the business and had a lovely meal out on the balcony overlooking town. When we were leaving we drove around some side streets and to our amazement we discovered not one but 5 Tesla charging stations. Unbelievable, like something from Back to the Future. There were empty buildings all around and a large crumbled parking lot nearby and a proud sign proclaiming “Where the past meets the future”. I can only hope Elon Musk has plans for this town.
In the vicinity are Falling Waters State Park, Ponce De Leon Springs State Park and Morrison Spring. All worth exploring.