FLOR500, Garden 15 John Thomas Brooks, Founder of Fort Walton Beach (1838–1917) Fort Walton Beach was first settled in 1868 by John Thomas Brooks, a native of North Carolina. When the Civil War began, he joined the Confederate army and was stationed at Camp Walton early in the war. After the war, he and his wife homesteaded on Santa Rosa Sound. Their log cabin gave the community its first name – “Brooks Landing,” or Brooksville. They opened the Brooks Hotel, the first hotel in the area.
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John Thomas Brooks, Founder of Fort Walton Beach 

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John Thomas Brooks, Founder of Fort Walton Beach

(1838–1917)

Fort Walton Beach was first settled in 1868 by John Thomas Brooks, a native of North Carolina. When the Civil War began, he joined the Confederate army and was stationed at Camp Walton early in the war. After the war, he and his wife homesteaded on Santa Rosa Sound. Their log cabin gave the community its first name – "Brooks Landing,” or Brooksville. They opened the Brooks Hotel, the first hotel in the area.  





 




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