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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. Statistics ignore the ancient oaks clothed in
Spanish moss that enfold Micanopy's narrow streets and dirt lanes and provide shade and Southern ambiance
for visitors and families that have lived here for generations.
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, botanist William Bartram
visited a Cuscawilla village on this site in 1774. Fort Defiance was built here in 1835 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. Founded in 1821, the Town is named after Seminole Chief Micanopy (ca.1780-1849),
a noted defender of his people. This busy trading post grew into an important railway crossroads for the
transport of citrus and sugar cane. 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 mound.
Cholokka Boulevard is Micanopy's main street, a designated historic district, and the Town's primary tourist
destination famous for its antique shops. Micanopy's authentic rustic storefronts lure casual shoppers,
collectors, and seasonal scouts from all over the country. Charming diners and the nationally lauded Herlong
Mansion Historic Inn (1845) provide services for day-trippers and stay-overs. A two-story brick schoolhouse
(1895) now houses the Town's administrative offices, 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
Micanopy Commission Seat 5 Election:
Tuesday, March 11 - 7am - 7pm
Precinct 10 - 706 NE Cholokka Blvd.
|Website by Debbie Gonano, Town Administrator