This city was founded by officers of the Pensacola and Atlantic Railroad. Named after Frederick R. De Funiak, a vice-president of the L&N, DeFuniak Springs was settled mainly by Scots from Virginia and the Carolinas. The city has a reputation for academia and scholarly pursuits, and is home to many schools, including private establishments and trade schools. In 1886, they held an important meeting that forever changed the course of public education in Florida. Teachers from all around the state formed the Florida Education Association. This teachers' union continues to be a voice for educators and is affiliated with both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers.