Historical Sites and Attractions
Keith Cabin was originally built as a one-room, “Louisiana Roof”- style log structure with a wraparound porch, a fireplace, and a separate kitchen. This style of architecture is a rare form of 19th century construction found only in the Gulf States from east Texas to the Florida Panhandle. It is characterized by front and rear porches formed by long logs that extend beyond the main block of the house at each gable to support the broad roof overhangs.
1372 Co Rd 179, Bonifay FL 32425, US
Famed author Laura Ingalls Wilder, noted for “Little House” series of books arrived at the Westville railroad station in 1891 and settled in the New Hope Community north of Westville. Mrs. Wilder described her home as “the little gray house” in the piney woods. Their decedents still live in and around the county and still gather for family reunions.
1225 Highway 163, Westville, FL 32464
The Holmes County Historical Society Museum is a wonderful place to spend a couple of hours exploring the history of a rural community. Learn more about why “this place matters”, located 412 West Kansas Avenue in downtown Bonifay.
The Waits Mansion is an historic two-story Mediterranean Revival style house located at 209 West Kansas Avenue. It was built by lumber company owner George Orkney Waits in the 1920s. The mansion recently went under extensive renovation and is now used as a private family home that will also serve as a venue for large scale events. Though not open to the public for entrance it is a “must-see” attraction that’s worth a drive by on any given day.
Dogwood Lakes Golf Course is an 18-hole course lined with towering pines and majestic oak trees. An old-style course balanced with generous fairways yet challenging greens. New carts, snack bar and banquet hall are a few of the amenities Dogwood Lakes offer their guest.
An unforgettable drive through the unique history, natural wonders and remarkable culture of Holmes County. A paved highway that linked St. Augustine FL to San Diego, California., that just turned 100 years old. Get off the interstate and slow down, take in some amazing “sites” and explore. Whether you enjoy battlefields or sunflower fields, springs, creeks, swimming holes, lakes or the Choctawhatchee River, rustic cabins or stately old mansions, Hwy 90 might just take you there.
Created by Doc & Ruth Dockery, Vortex Spring is home to the Red & White “Diver Down” Flag and is the largest diving facility in the state of Florida. Vortex Spring is recognized as one of the best and safest diving resorts in the country. This 420 acre playground produces approximately 28 million gallons of crystal clear water daily at a year round temperature of 68 degrees.
Where the water temperature remains a constant 68 degrees year-round. The main spring is a convergence of two underground water flows, and produces 14 million gallons of water daily. Visitors can take a leisurely walk along two self-guided nature trails through a lush, hardwood forest and learn about the local ecology and wildlife. Rangers also conduct seasonal guided walks. Picnicking is a popular activity at the park; grills and pavilions are available.
Recently designated by the Office of Greenways & Trails as an official state Blueway, Choctawhatchee River Paddle Trail is 64 miles, spanning from SR 2 near the Alabama border to Cowford Landing on Hwy 20 near the opening of Black Creek which empties into Choctawhatchee Bay. Several trail stops offer amenities such as boat ramps and multi-use ramps, picnic pavilions, bathrooms and overnight camping facilities.
During the first full weekend of October, Bonifay, Florida goes country when the Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo comes to town. Since its inception in 1944, the Bonifay Kiwanis Club has sponsored the Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo and continues to carry the tradition of ensuring quality family entertainment. Over 25,000 people (eight times the population of Bonifay) can be found in Bonifay during the rodeo weekend. Some people even schedule their only week of vacation to be a part of the rodeo action by camping out in the Bonifay Kiwanis Club designated camping areas. Over the years, the Bonifay Kiwanis Club and countless volunteers have been providing the driving force behind what is considered one of the best professional rodeos in Northwest Florida. Kiwanis Club of Bonifay uses this rodeo as a fundraiser for children’s program and scholarships.