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History of Inlet Beach

Inlet Beach, a small coastal town located in Walton County, Florida, has a rich history dating back to the 1920s. The area is known for its beautiful beaches and family-friendly attractions. It is also home to a variety of restaurants, shops, and other local businesses.

The community that would ultimately become modern-day Inlet Beach started in the 1920s, when the McCaskill Investment Company of DeFuniak Springs first opened real estate sales of land off the Gulf Coast. Even then, the tourism potential of the beautiful beach was clear. The McCaskill Investment Company of DeFuniak Springs attempted to entice travelers to Inlet Beach Hotel, a resort close to modern-day Camp Helen State Park. The hotel didn’t last long, having burnt down by the time the year 1931 rolled around, but Inlet Beach’s value as a travel destination is still going strong almost a century later.

Loch Lomond was the name given to a home built by Robert E. Hicks in 1928 for his wife Margaret, overlooking Philips Inlet.

Margaret named the estate after the estate's 185 acres, which were part of the estate. The area was known as Inlet Beach to the early settlers. Much of the land was distributed through a lottery system to World War II veterans, and was sometimes known as “Soldiers Beach” or “Veterans Beach”. Inlet Beach is the most eastern South Walton County beach and is named after Phillips Inlet.

Camp Helen State Park, which is located in Inlet Beach, has a rich history dating back thousands of years. Historical artifacts found in the area adjacent to Inlet Beach that is now a protected state park – Camp Helen State Park, suggest that this area was home to the Southeastern Deptford culture of indigenous people as early as 500 B.C. Other indigenous cultures, too, have called this spot home, as evidenced by the shards of pottery and other artifacts that have since been found here.

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