Tallahassee Meridian -- the Marquis de Lafayette -- Walton County, Florida Connections
Brenda Rees | Shaping Florida post 6-1-2016
All realtors should be familiar with the Tallahassee Meridian -- in longitude 84*16'37.59 west from the prime meridian at Greenwich, runs north and south from the initial point on the base line at Tallahassee, in latitude 30*26'04.12" north . It governs surveys in Florida and Alabama as part of the Public Land Survey System.
Those interested in Walton County history connections would want to know that Lafayette, who had close ties to the Walton family, had land given to him in gratitude by the United States at the southwest corner of survey monument at Cascade Park near the amphitheater. Lafayette's lands were part of Township 1 North Range 1 East.
There is a street named Walton not far from the Meridian.
Surveyors and Title Companies should know this mark. Local legend has it that some survey markers have gone missing. Perhaps, they can go back and start from here and make sure due diligence is made that surveys are correct.
Lafayette fought in the American Revolution with Declaration of Independence signer George Walton. Walton's son, George Walton, Jr. is the namesake for Walton County, Florida. Octavia Walton met with Lafayette in 1825 when he made return trip to America where he was greeted as a great hero.