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"The Town that Time Forgot"
The Town of Micanopy (mick-ah-No-pee) encompasses 1.03 square miles near the Alachua-Marion County line
between Gainesville (home of the University of Forida) and Ocala (the horse capital of the world) in rural north-
central Florida. Micanopy's 605 residents occupy 338 homes. The beautiful southern community was named for
Seminole Chief Micanopy (ca.1780-1849). The ancient oaks clothed in Spanish moss enfold Micanopy's narrow
streets and dirt lanes and provide shade and Southern ambiance for visitors and families that have lived here for
Micanopy's appeal is based on its rich, sometimes savage history. Florida's aboriginal records show that
Hernando De Soto encountered an early Timucua Indian Village here in 1539 and later, Pennsylvania botanist
William Bartram visited a Cuscowilla village on this site in 1774. Originally founded in 1821, Micanopy is the
oldest inland town in Florida having been included in a land grant made by the King of Spain in 1817 to Don
Fernando del la Maza Arrendondo of Havana and St. Augustine. Fort Defiance was built here in 1831 and soldiers
clashed with natives during the Second Seminole War (1835-1842). The first permanent white settlement in
Alachua County was established in this area. This busy trading post grew into an important railway crossroads
for the transport of citrus and sugar cane grown in the area's fertile soil. Today, excavations and preservation
initiatives pay tribute to the Town's historic past, and the search for artifacts and the location of Fort Defiance
continues in residents' yards. A local park, the Micanopy Native American Heritage Preserve, protects an Indian
Dedicated on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, Cholokka Boulevard, once an Indian trading route,
is Micanopy's main street, and the Town's primary tourist destination famous for its antique shops. Micanopy's
eclectic mix of authentic rustic storefronts lure casual shoppers, collectors, seasonal scouts from all over the
country, and Hollywood film makers (Doc Hollywood, Cross Creek, and most recently, The History Channel's,
Top Gear). Charming diners and the nationally lauded Greek revival mansion, the Herlong Mansion Historic Inn
(1845), provide Southern hospitality as a bed and breakfast. A two-story brick schoolhouse (1895) now houses
Micanopy Town Hall, the Town Commission Chamber, and the Micanopy branch of the Alachua County Library
District. Across the street, the wood-planked Thrasher Warehouse (1890) boasts the Micanopy Historical Society
Museum and the Archives showcasing the relevance of earlier times for historians, genealogists, and students.
Numerous historic homes and old cracker houses add to the picturesque warmth of "the town that time forgot."
Town of Micanopy
|Town of Micanopy
706 NE Cholokka Blvd.
P. O. Box 137
Micanopy, FL 32667-0137
(352) 466-3121 townhall
(352) 466-4912 fax
Town Hall is open Monday -
|Website by Debbie Gonano, Town Administrator
July 4, 2014 Parade & Celebration
(click here to view photos by Keith Bailey & Laura Hermann-Bailey)
|Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival
saturday, November 1st &
sunday, november 2nd, 2014
Join over 200 local artists and crafters for the 40th micanopy
fall harvest festival!
visit our local shops, antique stores, and casual eateries.