The 30A Historical Society

We founded the 30A Historical Society to help preserve the history of this beautiful stretch of highway that follows along the northwest Gulf coast in southern Walton County. Our mission is to collect and preserve any object or document that is relative to the long history of 30A and Walton County.

30A Iconic Logos


The Wheel House Restaurant was a local icon. It was first opened in 1972 and closed down after a devastating fire in 2005.

Patrone’s was located at the corners of 30A and 283. The business featured rental cabins, gift shops, a cantina, and petting zoo. It closed in 2001.

The Seahighland neighborhood was founded in 1948 by the Pender family. It is bordered by the original Seagrove Villas property and Dothan Street.

Dune-Allen was established in 1946. It is located on the western end of 30A.

This is a representation of an early 30A Highway sign.

The current Walton County 30A Highway sign.

The Bee Hive Motel was located on Hwy.98 in Inlet Beach during the 1960’s and 70’s.

This type of sign was common at beach accesses.

The Seagrove Villas Motel opened in 1952. A popular destination for many years closed in 2012.

Walton is one of the few counties in Florida that allow vehicle beach access.

This is a reproduction of a 1969 ad in the Panama City News Herald. Ebro Greyhound Track was opened in 1955 and still operates today.

This is an original advertisement for Seagrove Beach.

Early postcard promoting South Walton- 30A.

Early Seagrove Beach advertisement.

The Blue Gulf Resort was opened in Blue Mountain Beach in the late 1960s. It featured an Olympic-Sized pool and 300 seat restaurant. It was destroyed by fire in the mid-1970s. The Adagio Condos are currently located on the site.

Shade’s was opened in the spring of 1991 in Seaside in the old Rose Cafe location. It was sold to its current owners in 1995 and then moved to its Inlet Beach location.