Mary Esther Florida

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Located in Okaloosa County, the tiny city of Mary Esther is home to around four thousand culturally diverse people. Mary Esther is located in Northwest Florida, in between Fort Walton Beach and Hurlburt Field. The city was one of the first places in North West Florida to be settled, mostly because of its easy access to the waterways. During the mid-1850's John Newton, a Presbyterian minister and teacher, settled in the area, then known as the Narrows and today known as Mary Esther. Reverend Newton started the first school, which also served as a church, during the Civil War. According to one story, the community was named for his wife and daughter, though another version says it was named for his two daughters. Be as it may, the city grew and Mary Esther was incorporated in 1946.

John Newton was responsible for the first post office in the Mary Esther community in 1871. The Pryor name is synonymous with Mary Esther almost since the city was founded. Many members of the family have held office and run the small city. The Pryors continue to live on the same property purchased by the original settlers in the early 1800's, located on the north bank of Santa Rosa Sound.

The opening of Santa Rosa Mall in 1976 started an unexpected and unprecedented commercial building boom along Mary Esther Blvd. A quiet little town now had a range of opportunities available. The Mary Esther Public Library has a large collection of books magazine, video tapes, foreign language material, and children’s books. It organizes book-reading events, discussions, and guest lectures. The local Mary Esther Elementary School provides a safe, child-centered environment whereby all students become self-directed and lifelong learners.

Visitors to the area can stay at the Hampton Inn with a choice of 52 rooms and its own out door pool. Hampton Inn Mary Esther is in the southeastern end of Mary Esther, just 3 miles from the beach. The property is unpretentiously beautiful and touched with a unique southern charm. Long-term stay options in Mary Esther include the Nautilus condominiums.

Visitors to Mary Esther will find it to be an excellent choice for a family vacation. The region offers something for every body. Some of the area attractions include golf courses and tennis courts, water parks, shopping at the Santa Rosa Mall and other local shops. Beach and water lovers can charter boats or go deep-sea fishing. Horseback riding is popular locally as also theaters, and miniature speed car tracks. There are numerous dining options in the neighborhood such as Acapulco Mexican Restaurant, Sonic Drive in, Chili's, Olive Garden, Staff's Seafood, and Applebee's Neighborhood Grill.

Mary Esther has numerous churches in the area including the United Methodist Church that has been functioning in the city since the mid 1960s. The Saint Peter Catholic Church, the First Baptist Church, and Mary Esther Church of God are churches of other denominations where the diverse congregation prays.

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