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Micanopy (Mick-can-oh’-pee) is a unique little village located in southeastern Alachua County between I-75 and US 441. The streets are overhung with ancient oaks bearded with Spanish moss and are bordered on either side by private homes and storefronts that time seems to have forgotten.
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Most of the buildings are on the National Historic Register. In fact, Micanopy is the oldest inland settlement in Florida. As early as 1539 there is record of a village located at the site of Micanopy when explorer Hernando De Soto found the Timucuan Indians living here. In 1774, when naturalist William Bartram made his famous journey through Florida, the Indians he found living in Alachua County (near Micanopy) were remnants of the Southern Creek nation. They were called “Seminoles,” a Creek word meaning “runaway.” These Indians had become wealthy by raising cattle and horses on land now known as Paynes Prairie.
Bartram’s Trails and Tales
Bartram wrote a book called The Travels of William Bartram, published in Philadelphia in 1791. Alachua County, portrayed as lush and dangerous, figured prominently among the stories and sketches of plants and animals of Florida. He stayed with the Seminoles and wrote about their customs. They befriended him and must have been amused by his keen interest in botany, because they nicknamed him ‘Puc Puggy,’ meaning “Seeker of the Flowers.”
But plants weren’t Bartram’s only interest here. Included in his work are a collection of drawings and stories about “smoke breathing” alligators. Of course, alligators didn’t actually breathed smoke like fictional dragons, but his readers must have loved the dramatic images Bartram created. From his detailed work, we know that these were the ancestors of the same alligators that still cruise though the dark waters of the Alachua Sink deep within Paynes Prairie.
In 1823 Moses Elias Levy established the first white settlement. Wanton was the name of the first post office established in Alachua County in 1826; but the town was simultaneously referred to as “Micanope” after the Seminole Indian chief head chief of the Seminoles in the Seminole War; Micanopy means “head chief.” The name officially changed to “Micanopy” in 1834.
If Micanopy seems oddly familiar to a first-time visitor, it is because this jewel of a town has served as the backdrop for films Doc Hollywood, with Michael J. Fox, Woody Harrelson, and Bridget Fonda; and, Cross Creek, with Mary Steenburgen, Peter Coyote, and Rip Torn.
Today, the streets are lined with historic buildings each housing unique shops and cafes. Here, visitors can find unique sites; friendly people; shops brimming with antiques, collectables, folk art, and decorative fare; and beautiful vistas and parks nearby such as Paynes Prairie, Orange Lake and Cross Creek.
In and around Micanopy, there are many things to do year round that will please everyone!
You can find canoeing, golfing, hiking trails, kayaking, and enjoy swimming in nearby springs. Area attractions include world-class antique shopping and antique auctions, historical interests, museums, national/state parks, nature areas, University of Florida football, Orange Lake and Lockloosa fishing, Paynes Prairie State Preserve, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ home (Cross Creek), Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Hippodrome State Theatre, Devil’s Millhopper State Park, Natural springs like Poe Springs and Ginnie Springs, and more.
Micanopy Is Just a 10 minute drive to Gainesville and The University of Florida- Only an hour from both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, offering a wealth of fun and opportunity to get the most from Florida’s tourism industry.
Beautiful Pool Blue Springs Surround The Area
Additionally, the Gainesville area offers unique opportunities to visit and interact with natural,
historical, and entertaining areas of Florida. In Gainesville and the surrounding areas, you can explore the beautiful rivers & lakes, cool natural springs and unspoiled wilderness parks of an exquisite sub-tropical region.
Interstate-75 access puts visitors less than a 30-minute drive from cycling, canoeing, hiking, camping, bird-watching, fishing, and an hour from the beaches of both the east and west coast of Florida.
Gainesville and its nearby towns offer outstanding art & antique shopping, dining and accommodations. Additional information and resources about Gainesville’s leisure activities is available online at the Alachua County Visitors & Convention Bureau or at (352) 374-5231.
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