The Choctawhatchee Bay, twenty-seven miles long, one to six miles wide, and ten to forty-three feet deep, for which our chapter is named, is believed to take its name from the Chatot Indians, who were associated with both the Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes of the area.
Our chapter was organized on April 22, 1967, by Mrs. John F. (Geraldine) Black. The Choctawhatchee Bay Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution draws its members from three counties located in the Panhandle along northwest Florida’s beautiful Emerald Coast.
Although we hold our meetings in Fort Walton Beach, which is in Okaloosa County, we also have members from the neighboring counties of Santa Rosa and Walton. These counties host the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival, the Sandestin Wine Festival, the Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival, the Blessing of the Fleet, the Destin Seafood Festival, and the Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo. Our area is home to the gorgeous beaches with white sand and emerald waters, Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field which is home to the Air Forces’ highly skilled Special Operations Command, and the Air Force Armament Museum located at Eglin Air Force Base. We also have historic DeFuniak Springs, the Gulfarium located on Okaloosa Island Silver Sands, the southeast’s largest outlet mall, and the Indian Temple Mound Museum in Fort Walton Beach which chronicles Native American occupation of our area dating back 10,000 years.