It was a full year of celebrations throughout 2018 as Walton County commemorated its Bicentennial. The celebrations kicked off in January 2018 at the State Capital when a Proclamation was signed by Gov. Nathan Deal before being delivered, with the Bicentennial Flag, to each community in the County. Events throughout the year remembered and honored the 200 years of Walton County’s existence, including an Interfaith Service, Fourth of July celebrations, the opening of the Veterans Memorial and many more.
The historic Walton County Courthouse was the place to be for the grand finale on Dec. 15,2018, exactly 200 years after the county was founded in 1818. The streets of downtown Monroe were filled with revelers enjoying carriage rides while waiting to see the fireworks display that began as the clock struck the final bell at 7 p.m. And with that, Walton County’s Bicentennial celebrations came to an end.
Due to the weather, the burial of the time capsule, to be opened in 100 years, had to be delayed. The good news is, it gave us the opportunity to relive it all one last time – and that will be on Saturday, June 1, 2019.
Be on the Historic Courthouse Front Lawn at 10 a.m. Saturday for the burial of the Time Capsule and Tree Planting. And bring the little ones. Who knows, there may be someone there who could actually witness the unveiling of the time capsule at the 300-Year Celebration. After all, we’ve already had one Walton County citizen who lived to be 116 years old.
Click or tap on this link to read about all the events during 2018 that celebrated the County’s Bicentennial year, including Walton Living’s Bicentennial issue giving some of the history that made its mark on Walton County during its formative years.