FEATURES 4 Welcome to Jefferson County
23 Map of Jefferson Couty
6 Farms & Ranches in Jefferson County
24 Main Street of Monticello
7 The City of Monticello, Florida
26 County Resources & Newcomerâ€™s Information
7 Monticello - Jefferson County Chamber of Comerce 8 Jefferson County Plantations
34 Calendar of Events
9 Organizations & Volunteer Groups
12 Natural Escapes & Getaways
39 Jefferson County Facts & Demographics
18 Arts and Festivals 22 Communties in Jefferson County Map of Monticello
32 National Registry
40 Colleges Photo Credits: Dr. Ann Holt Suzanne Murphy
Destination Monticello, A Guide to Jefferson County Florida is a publication of the Monticello â€“ Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, 420 W Washington Street, Monticello, FL 32344. Reproduction of this publication in whole or in part is permitted with written permission from the Chamber of Commerce. This Guide does not represent all businesses/organizations within the community. If you would like to be included in future issues, please consider advertising with us by contacting the Chamber of Commerce at firstname.lastname@example.org. Printing by Graphic Press. Graphic design by Fran Litton. Contributing writers: Melanie Mays, Dee Counts, Merry Ann Frisby, and Dr. Ann Holt. Photography by Dr. Ann Holt and Suzanne Murphy. While every effort was made to ensure accuracy of the content, changes or additions are welcome.
Welcome to Jefferson County Hectic lifestyle? Forget about it! You’re about to enter Jefferson County, FL where Southern charm is at its best. Jefferson County offers a trip back-in-time to antebellum Florida with its stately old homes and canopied streets. Our mild climate, combined with an annual rainfall of 57 inches, provides not only a prolonged and prolific growing season, but also a pleasant year round environment for both work and leisure activities. Monticello, the county seat founded in 1827, is 187 years old. It is located five miles north of I-10 (Exit 225) and 24 miles east of Tallahassee where U.S. Highway 19 and 90 intersect in the middle of town. A quaint roundabout encircles the Courthouse. A National Main Street Community, Monticello is one of the most charming and historical towns in Florida. A strong community always has many churches and civic organizations to hold it together, and Jefferson County is no exception. All mainstream religious denominations are represented and over 20 different civic organizations are active. The R.J. Bailar Jefferson County Public Library is a modern facility with a large media collection. Housed within the library is the Keystone Genealogical Library providing valuable information for genealogists tracking local ancestors.
Jefferson County’s natural beauty is unspoiled. It offers thousands of pristine wooded acres,
gently rolling hills, ponds and lakes and the jewels of Jefferson County: the Aucilla and Wacissa Rivers, Lake Miccosukee, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and the St. Marks River. Access to all water recreational activities can be found on these waterways. Jefferson County also offers some of the best bird watching and hunting for quail, deer, dove and wild turkey in the region. There’s always something to do in Jefferson County: Watermelon and Southern Music Rising Festivals, Tour of Homes in our historic district, 4th of July celebration, and Halloween and Christmas events in the downtown are fun for all ages. Theatrical and music events abound at the historic Monticello Opera House. Monthly exhibits by professional artists are held at Jefferson Arts Gallery. For sports fans, the Recreation Department organizes various age levels of baseball and softball. For collegiate team sports, the nearby Florida State University Seminoles (ranked #1 at this printing) and the Florida A&M University Rattlers are often top ranked in the nation in football, basketball, baseball, softball, tennis and track and field. Tennis, golf, a country club, fishing, boating, canoeing, hiking, and cycling are all available.
Experience the perfect combination of true country living and the convenience of modern life. Discover Monticello and Jefferson County today!
Farms and Ranches in Jefferson County Farming is a way of life in Jefferson County, FL. At one time, Jefferson County produced 80 percent of the world’s supply of watermelon seeds. Farms have become travel destinations for visitors from all over the world who love to experience this unique lifestyle. Jefferson County has everything from ranches that specialize in cattle, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, turkeys, hogs, peacocks and geese to farms that raise bees, grapes, vegetables, herbs, mayhaw berries, soybeans, pecans, peanuts, corn and trees. Many farmers practice organic and natural farming, making sure everything they produce is full of nutrients and free from harmful pesticides. Several popular local restaurants feature this “farm – to – table” practice with great approval from their enthusiastic patrons. We encourage everyone to eat and drink local.
The City of Monticello, Florida Established in 1827, the city of Monticello is in the northern part of Jefferson County. A small, historic community, it has a population of about 2,450 residents and serves as the county seat. Monticello is the largest population center in the county. Historically, Monticello has no equal in Northern Florida. Nestled among its treelined streets are many antebellum homes that provide a unique look and feel to the city. During the great Depression of the 1930’s, many of Monticello’s residents couldn’t afford to build new homes, so houses were renovated or restored. Today, these homes offer tourists a rare glimpse of the original architectural style that prevailed in the South prior to the Civil War.
MonticelloJefferson County Chamber of Commerce The Monticello-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce was established July 13, 1957 and has been a driving force in Jefferson County’s economy for decades. The Chamber of Commerce encourages and promotes commercial, industrial, civic and general interests for the business and civic organizations who are members of the Chamber. The Chamber works to represent member interests to the City Council and Board of County Commissioners. We act as the local Visitor Center, fielding inquiries about local businesses, organizations and events to residents, newcomers and visitors. Visit the Chamber of Commerce online at www.MonticelloJeffersonFL.com and like us on FaceBook at Discover Monticello, FL.
Monticello has a modified city-manager form of government. The city supplies local water and solid waste collection services. The Monticello City Council meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the City Hall, which is located at 245 South Mulberry Street. Newcomers may want to know that the city supplies water, trash collection and recycling, as well as police and fire service to its residents. A trip to City Hall will connect your new home with utilities. The City of Monticello is the county seat and the hub of the county’s commercial and business scene, welcoming one and all to experience Southern charm at its best.
Jefferson County Plantations Fertile soil and beautiful rolling hills attracted Jefferson Countyâ€™s first aristocratic planters in the 1820â€™s. There are approximately eighty thousand acres of plantation land in Jefferson County. The plantations are still working to this day. The emphasis has shifted from self-sustaining and cropping to hunting, trail riding and conservation. Plantation gentility, grace, and charm survive in the 21st century. Still standing are approximately twelve large tracts ranging from one thousand to thirty thousand acres. Owners and their guests still live quiet nature-based lives. The modern plantation rhythms are still governed by the seasons, observing migration patterns and the subtle clues of nature. Hunting on these plantations is usually done on horseback or in the comfort of one of the horse-drawn hunting racks. Dog handlers are busy tending to eager bird dogs. Plantation employees serve as guides. At noon, lunches are brought to the hunters in insulated bags and coolers while the main course, usually fish or quail is cooked in the woods. Trail riding, birding, and nature hikes allow the invited guest to glimpse the past and the present at the same time. Conservation measures protect these lands, so they will never be developed. See the past, experience the present and view the future of Jefferson County.
Larger Plantations of Jefferson County: Avalon: 31,000 acres Pinckney Hill: 14,525 acres Norias/Gem Land: 10,466 acres Dixie Plantation: 8, 959 acres Mays Pond: 6,182 acres Woodfield/Humphries: 5,096 acres Meander/Firman: 4,466 acres Red Hills: 3,573 acres Jumpie Run: 2,812 acres Merrily: 2,652 acres Old Fields/Osceola: 1,183 acres Kissaway: 1,010 acres
Organizations & Volunteer Groups
Jefferson County Lions Club 997-0901 Jefferson County Republican Party 997-1935
All area codes are 850
Jefferson Senior Citizen’s Center 342-0242
Altrusa Club of Monticello 997-3356
Main Street of Monticello, Inc. 576-0721 or 997-5007
American Legion Post 49 997-2973 or 997-8103
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center 997-3760
American Cancer Society 329-4542
Monticello Area Historic Preservation Association, Inc. 997-6552
American Red Cross - Capital Area Chapter 402-5612
Monticello Garden Club 997-8314
Beta Sigma Phi 997-5270
Monticello Kiwanis Club 342-1040
Boy Scouts Troop #803, Eagles Nest 997-1727
Monticello Opera House 997-4242
Capital Area Community Action Agency 222-2043
Monticello Rotary Club 997-3356
Eagles Wings Food Pantry Outreach Ministry 997-1653 or 997-1084
Monticello Scarlet O’Hatters 997-0688
Early Learning Coalition of Big Bend 385-0551
Monticello Womans Club 997-3382
Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle Local Troop #49 386-2131
Refuge House, Inc. - Jefferson County 342-3518
Hiram Masonic Lodge #5 933-2938
Southern Music Rising Foundation for the Preservation of Historic American Music, Inc. 997-1980
Historic Monticello Ghost Tours 508-8109
Tallahassee Lender’s Consortium 850-222-6609 ext. 103
Jefferson Arts, Inc 997-3311
Triple L Club 997-3382
Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee 997-3760
United Way of the Big Bend 414-0844
Jefferson County Historical Association 997-2465
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) 339-5524
Jefferson County Humane Society 342-0244
Shopping It’s a shopping renaissance! Downtown Monticello has unique shops and restaurants, owned and operated by dedicated Chamber of Commerce members. Many of our shops, such as Wag the Dog, sell gently used items, collectibles and antiques. Shop here and proceeds go to support the Jefferson County Humane Society. Old Bank Antiques has several dealers who sell unusual antiques and collectibles. Gelling’s Floral Design and Monticello Florist and Gifts offer beautiful flower arrangements, plants, and gifts for that special someone. Huckleberry’s Creations has nine rooms filled to the brim with eclectic gifts, housewares, and fanciful fun items. Jefferson Arts Gallery has a unique gift shop of handmade, local art and jewelry. Full Moon Apiary has a shop within Tupelo’s Bakery full of honey and made-from-honey products. Badcock Home Furniture and More and Buddy’s Home Furnishings can help you furnish your home or apartment. Are you in the mood for hunting, fishing and outdoor equipment? Shop at Trophy Creek Outfitters & Pawn Co. Need great yard art? Dennis’ Trading Post, located on South Hwy. 19 has everything you
might need to make your lawn and garden special. Drop by Gulf Coast Lumber and Tractor Supply Company for all of your hardware and lumber needs. After you’ve spent the day shopping, why not grab a bite to eat at one of our delicious restaurants: The Mays House operated by Carrie Ann & Co Catering, The Brickhouse Eatery, Rancho Grande, Tupelo’s Bakery and Café, Chicken Delite, and Katrina’s Kitchens (serving take-out and home delivered meals). Then exercise and dance off unwanted pounds at Girls Revival Fitness or the MADCo Studio. Get fit at Monticello Health & Fitness where you can workout, tan, or get a massage for tired muscles. Need pampering? Treat yourself at Dianna’s Hair Studio, the Hair Hut, Jennifer Ellis Massage Therapy, or Sit Down & Cut Up by Abbey.
You’ll be surprised at what you find by shopping local!
NATURAL ESCAPES & GETAWAYS For more information on Jefferson County’s natural resources and Things-To-Do, go online to www.visitjeffersoncountyflorida.com/outdoorrecreation. The Aucilla River The Aucilla and Wacissa River pass through the 42,532 acre Aucilla Wildlife Management Area. The Aucilla River Canoe Trail and Hiking Trail, designated as part of the Statewide System of Greenways and Trails, is a swift river that passes its way from the swamps where it originates, to the Gulf of Mexico. For a distance of eight miles, the river appears above ground and disappears in a series of rises and sinks. The final one, Nutall Rise, is located about half a mile north of the U.S. Highway 98 Bridge. The Canoe Trail is 19 Miles long and begins at the U.S. Highway 19-27 bridge in Lamont. The canoeing and kayaking skill level is moderate to technical, as there are rapids, shoals and stretches of the river that must be portaged. The usual current is swift (3+ mph). The Office of Greenways and Trails cautions, “This river is not recommended for inexperienced paddlers. Rapids become more numerous and hazardous in low water. The Canoe Trail is a publicly-owned stream.” The river is also open to all types of users including motorboats. The Hiking Trail, part of the Florida Trail, runs northeast to southeast, and its eastern terminus is located on a forest road
1.75 miles west of CR 257/14, in Taylor County. This trail crosses CR 257/14 one and a half miles south of the Aucilla River Bridge. The scenic trail runs along the river berm in the northern portion, and through limestone sinks in the south. Hiking is generally dry except when the river is at flood stage (you can check at Cabbage Grove Fire Tower for river conditions.) The river flows through cypress gum swamp. A variety of wildlife can be seen, including deer, wild hogs, raccoons, river otter and a variety of birds including limpkin, Acadian flycatchers, and prothonotary and hooded warblers. The Aucilla WMA is also a black bear habitat. For more information, call the Office of Greenways and Trails at 850-2452052, or visit their website at www.dep.state. fl.us/gwt. The Wacissa River The Wacissa River, also part of the Statewide System of Greenways and Trails, is a clear, spring-fed stream that has several springs at its head-waters. It is a swift, narrow stream that is fairly easy to navigate in a canoe or kayak, however, the lower section can be extremely difficult to follow as there are numerous tributaries that may take you off course. To navigate the lower portion, stay to the right side of the river after the Goose Pasture access. After approximately one mile, look for the “slave canal” and follow that to the Aucilla River. The river is bordered by dense woodlands on one side and by marshy swampland on the other. Wildlife is easily seen along the length of the river, including songbirds, wading birds, and even alligators. There are 12 springs that feed the river.
A county park allows access to the springs at Horsehead Spring and the other springs are a short paddle up or downstream. Access to the river can be made at Wacissa Springs. From the town of Wacissa (at the intersection of SR 59 and CR 259) take SR 59 south. When SR 59 turns west, continue straight ahead on the lime rock road to the county park. Onsite rentals are available. To access the river from the Goose pasture Recreation Area, take SR 59 south from the town of Wacissa, traveling 14 miles to U.S 98 south (same route as Goose Pasture), then after crossing the Aucilla, turn left (north) onto the first graded road and follow for five miles. For more information, you may call the Office of Greenways and Trails at 850-245-2052, or visit their website at www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt. Lake Miccosukee Lake Miccosukee is a 6,266-acre “lake of grass” that borders Leon County to the east. It is named for the Miccosukee Indians, a branch of the Creek Indians, who later became part of the Seminole nation. The Miccosukee Indians inhabited the Jefferson County area when the first American settlers came to the area. The lake is famous for its duck hunting in the fall and winter, and for fishing in the spring and summer. It has excellent concentrations of waterfowl, especially ducks, including ring necks, wood ducks, teal and several other species. White water lilies and water shield plants attract the ducks because their seeds are favorite foods. During the regular duck season, the use of motors with more than five horsepower or airboats is not permitted. In 1999, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission drew down the lake to dry out the bottom soil and burn off the vegetation, and then allowed the lake to refill. The lake is now heavily vegetated, and the best fishing is found in the larger openings in the aquatic plant cover. In the spring, large bluegills (brim) are best caught with crickets or earthworms, and largemouth bass are best caught with spinner baits and plastic worms. The Lake Miccosukee boat ramp is accessible by traveling west of Monticello on U.S. Highways 90 for six and a half miles, the ramp is on the west side of the bridge. For more information contact the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissions at www.myfwc.com. Letchworth Mounds The eighty-acre park includes one of the tallest and most architecturally complex pre-Columbian earthen mounds in Florida. The term “pre-Columbian” refers to the period before the onset of the European exploration of colonization following in the wake of Columbus’ voyages. Archaeological research indicates that Letchworth is one of the oldest mound complexes in the Southeast, dating to the Late Swift Creek and Early Weedon Island periods (ca. A.D> 200-900); the Letchworth Mounds significantly predate the near by Lake Jackson Mounds site. Letchworth Mounds are often referred to as a “mound complex” because the site has more than one mound and archeological evidence suggests it was a center of activity and organization. The function of the Letchworth Mounds site is not yet known, but experts agree that the 50-foot tall mound is most likely where important ceremonies were conducted. It may have supported a wood and thatch temple structure like those observed by early Spanish explorers on the sixteenth century. The smaller mounds may be burial mounds or house mounds. State archaeologists report that the area around the ceremonial mound once contained numerous smaller mounds, many on the private lands surrounding the park. Most have likely been destroyed by agriculture or looting. Weedon Island period mound complexes are widely represented in North and Northwest Florida, with more than fifty documented mound sites found mainly along the coast and the Apalachicola River. The distinctive Weedon Island culture is also represented in adjacent sections of Georgia and Alabama. Early Weedon Island is characterized by mound burial and elaborate burial goods, especially finely crafted ceramic vessels and ceramic effigies that depict animals and humans. The McKeithen site in Columbia County, FL and Kolomoki Mounds in Early County, GA are other examples of Weedon Island mound complexes that have been investigated extensively. Florida
State Parks are open from 8 a.m. until sundown. Driving Directions Letchworth Mounds Archaeological State Park is located in Jefferson County, approximately six miles west of Monticello. From Monticello, go west on U.S. 90. Turn left onto Sunray Road South and proceed a half mile to the park entrance. From Tallahassee take U.S. 90 East for approximately 15 miles past Interstate 10, then turn right onto Sunray Road South, and proceed half a mile to the park entrance.
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge The St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1931, is one of the oldest national refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System. It encompasses 68,000 acres and spreads out across Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties. It was established to provide wintering habitat for migratory birds. Seven rivers run through St. Marks, which encompasses coastal marshes, islands, tidal creeks and estuaries, and is home to a diverse community of plant and animal life. For wildlife enthusiasts, the diversity of animal life will not disappoint. Alligators, turtles, herons, egrets, and osprey are easily spotted, and swallow-tailed kites and migratory song birds may be seen in the spring and fall. The refuge is home to a large variety of migrating ducks, has a large population of bald eagles, and is winter home to many species of song birds. The Refuge is nationally renowned as a quality birding site. Each fall, thousands of Monarch Butterflies gather to rest before migrating across the Gulf of Mexico. The St. Marks Unit of the Refuge, which is located in Wakulla county near the town of St. Marks, has a scenic seven-mile drive from the Visitor Center through fresh and brackish water impoundments and ends at Apalachee Bay, near the historic St. Marks Lighthouse. The current lighthouse, the third built at the mouth of the St. Marks River, was built in 1842 and survived many hurricanes and the Seminole and Civil Wars and was finally automated in 1960. It is still an active aid to vessels in the Apalachee Bay. The Wakulla Unit and the Panacea Unit are located off U.S. Highway 98, west of the town of St. Marks, and contain several miles of the
Florida National Science Trail as well as public launch points for boats. The Aucilla River Unit is located just inside Taylor County off U.S. Highway 98. A user fee is charged to access the boat ramp. The Refuge is open to fishing year round. Freshwater fishing is available in refuge impoundments along Lighthouse Road and Otter Lake at the end of ST 372-A (in Wakulla County). Saltwater fishing is available from levees, the lighthouse area, the Aucilla River, Wakulla Beach and Porter’s Island boat ramps. St. Marks has an abundance of wildlife and hunting is permitted in some areas. A limited number of resident game quota hunts are held on the Panacea and Wakulla Units (Wakulla County) each year, and an unlimited number of permits are available for Piney Island’s duck, hog, and small game hunts. Hunting is permitted only on the Wakulla County areas. Hunting and Fishing activities require permits, and for information on permits or other general information, contact St. Marks Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 1255 Lighthouse Road, St. Marks, FL 32355, (850)-925-6121, or visit the website at www.saintmarks.fsw.gov. Florida National Scenic Trail The Florida National Scenic Trail covers more than 1,400 miles across the state of Florida, with volunteers from all over Florida seeing to its maintenance, expansion, protection, and promotion. Their goal is to establish a continuous wilderness corridor in which our footpath enables hikers to enjoy Florida’s natural habitats. After 40 years, nearly 1,000 miles of “Florida’s Footpath Forever” lies within a protected corridor, connected by orange blaze along back roads where we have not yet been able to protect the corridor. The Florida Trail Association develops, maintains, promotes, and protects a continuous public hiking trail the length of the state of Florida. It is called the Florida National Scenic Trail, plus loop and side trails, which together forms the Florida Trail System. They educate the public by teaching appreciation for and conservation of the natural beauty of Florida, and provide opportunities to hike and camp. Designated as a Florida National Scenic Trail in 1983 by Congress, the Florida Trail when com-
Jefferson County Courthouse circle at the intersection of US 19 & US 90. For more information, visit www.heritageroadsjeffersoncountyfl.com. Cotton Trail While you’re out and about, be sure to visit the Cotton Trail on The Old Magnolia Rd. It runs from eastern Leon into Jefferson County. You’ll step back in time as you notice the historic look and feel of the trail. The red clay road is cut deeply into the banks by decades of travel by foot and wagons, not by bull-dozers. In some places, the road is significantly below the banks. Magnificent ancient trees have claimed their place in the sun by stretching their limbs across the ancient pathway in arched canopy displays.
pletely certified, will meander from Gulf Island National Seashore near Pensacola, to Big Cypress National Preserve near Miami and Naples. Portions of the trail are officially designated as components of Florida’s statewide system of Greenways and Trails, and considered a major statewide connector. The Trail passes through the very southern tip of Jefferson County and follows along the Aucilla River. Jefferson County Heritage Roads Nothing says “Welcome to the South” more than a leisurely drive down canopied roads, draped with hanging, Spanish moss. In order to promote ecotourism, Jefferson County is proudly preserving an important part of its natural history through the Jefferson Heritage Roads, a system of four remarkably beautiful and drivable trails. Each trail consists of canopy and scenic roads. The roads provide a way to experience and enjoy panoramic views of Jefferson County and the County’s rich heritage of agriculture, historic and cultural sites of interest (Iwo Jima Memorial, Letchworth Indian Mounds) and wonders of nature (Wassica River, Aucilla River and Aucilla Sinks). An information kiosk with maps and brochures is located on the northeast corner of the
Driving Directions Take the Route 90 East Exit from I-10 and head toward Monticello. Just beyond eight miles from the exit, turn left onto Old Magnolia Road. (On your right is a turn onto Route 59.) Bicycle Trail Enjoy miles of lush country-side on the new Bicycle Trail. The 1.5-mile Ike Anderson Bike Trail
runs north-south through the heart of Monticello. The trail replaced an abandoned rail corridor that once ran between Chicago and Tampa. Overnight, the railroad workers crept into town and removed the rails. (It is speculated that this was due to a feud between John Perkins who built the Monticello Opera House and a rich competing businessman from Thomasville, GA.) Water Street Park The soon-to-be realized Water Street Park will be situated on a 28-acre tract of land purchased
form the Jefferson County School Board. This area has never been developed in the history of the City of Monticello and is ideal for a unique in-city park. The intended area includes wetlands and old-growth forest, all within walking distance of downtown shops and restaurants. This new park will provide a natural environment for quiet enjoyment, walking, clean air, and a natural laboratory for field trips for school children to observe nature in Jefferson County. The proposed plan will include restrooms, parking, nature trails, fitness trail, hiking trail, biking trail, playground, picnic and camping area.
Arts and Festivals When visitors to Jefferson County arrive in Monticello, they step back in time to find a quaint town, rich in history, bountiful farms and ranches, rivers and forests teeming with fish and wildlife. What you might not expect is the exceptional artistic and cultural community making Monticello a hidden gem for the visual and performing Arts. Monticello is home to the Monticello Opera House, built by entrepreneur John Perkins in 1890. Mr. Perkins was a visionary. He saw Monticello as a stop for wealthy Northerners who made their way South to hunt and fish, stay overnight in a grand hotel, and possibly take in a show. (Word has it that he also built the theater so his daughter could perform.) Originally, the Opera House housed shops in the bottom part of the building. Patrons took the winding staircase to an upstairs theatre which was very grand for its day and still impressive in the 21st century. It has unique features: large windows to let in light for day use, gas powered chandeliers, and the use of moveable wooden “legs” or “tormentors” instead of drops to help set the background for scenes. Today, the theatre is slightly more modern. Completely renovated in the 1970’s and under constant repair, today’s Opera House theatre is thoroughly modern. Today’s theater is modernized with stage lighting and a sound system. Due to the lack of a fly system, the “tormentors” are still used, either to set place or to block the backstage activity in the wings from the audience. The Opera House downstairs now boasts a banquet hall for weddings, meetings, conferences, parties, and catered dinners. Bathrooms and a warming
kitchen have been added to make the Opera House a true convention center for Monticello. Patrons of the Opera House can enjoy a variety of programming from Broadway style musicals, to musical acts, children’s theatre, and speakers. Recording artists such as local celebrity and jazz great, George Clinton, record albums in the acoustically rich theatre. You never know who you might find in the house: from a twentypiece orchestra accompanying the glorious voices of actors in The Sound of Music to a film crew of From the Heart, a program for public television, with the likes of singer/songwriter Billy Dean and other Nashville artists and hopefuls. The Opera House season begins in September every year with a rich array of shows and events held on most weekends. Just down the street from the Perkins Block which houses the Monticello Opera House, is Jefferson Arts Gallery. Jefferson County is home to many artists, working in traditional and non-traditional mediums such as drawing, wood carving, watercolor, oils, acrylics, fiber, silk painting, photography, stained glass, jewelry, performance art, pottery, ceramics, bronze work and sculpture. The Art Gallery holds monthly exhibits featuring artists who make their home in North Florida. Many of these artists have shown their work on a national and international level, making the quality of Jefferson Art Gallery exhibits exceptional. Graduate students from Florida State University often show their work at the Gallery letting patrons experience the excitement of works by up and coming talent. In 2013 and 2014, Jefferson Arts Gallery will partner with several organizations to co-host innovative exhibits such as Seeing the South Through Silk Art with the LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts; Florida photographer John Moran’s Wildflower Exhibit sponsored by Viva 500 and Main Street Monticello in September and October; and a Smithsonian Exhibit, Journey Stories, in January and February, once again partnering with Main Street Monticello. The Art Gallery also acquires grants to provide free art classes for children, teens, adults and seniors of Jefferson County. They’ve received grants from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and most recently, Duke Energy and Turner Youth Council
to provide classes for children who might otherwise not be able to afford art lessons. Where would Jefferson County be without its annual festivals and events? Monticello boasts several arts and music festivals, home tours, and holiday events held throughout the year. These events are for all ages and tastes and are sponsored by civic and non-profit organizations. Bi-annually in March, The Jefferson County Historic Association sponsors the Tour of Homes. Visitors walk through the homes and gardens of 1800’s historic buildings, most of which are still lived-in and utilized to this day. New to the tour is the 1820 Roseland Cemetary Tour. Local citizens dressed in the garb of the day and re-enacted the lives of historic and political Jefferson County forefathers. This event is a fundraiser for the Jefferson County Historic Association and helps fund the upkeep of the Wirick-Simmons House, a highlight of every tour. May brings spring showers and the glorious Southern Music Rising Festival. This festival promotes The Foundation for the Preservation of Historic American Music. It is a non-profit, volunteer organization established to promote the preservation, appreciation, and performance of historical American music. The Foundation, utilizing its operating arm, Southern Music Rising, organizes, promotes and holds major musical events in Monticello, Florida. This festival brings numerous musicians to Monticello such as The Boxcars, Slim Fatz, JB’s Zydeco Zoo, Booger Holler String Band, and Mimi and the Hearn Dogs as well as many local acts. Thousands of people come to enjoy this wonderful annual event which serves to enhance our community and stimulate our local economy. June is home to the ever popular Jefferson County Watermelon Festival sponsored by the Monticello – Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. Originally, the festival was started to recognize the watermelon growers in Jefferson County. Held the third weekend of June, this festival has enjoyed 64-plus years of watermelon, music, children’s theater, pageants, Street Dance, arts and crafts vendors, food, a 5K run, car show, art show, ghost tours, seed
spitting contest, watermelon carving contest, softball tournament, Beer Garden, parade, and much, much more. Local farms began growing watermelons during the late 1800’s. The soil and weather proved to be a great combination for the watermelon crops. By 1884, Jefferson County was considered the top watermelon seed supplier in the world. Prominent seed supplier William M. Girardeau became very successful after he developed the first commercial machine for separating the seeds from the watermelons. Over the years, many local farms continued to grow and market watermelons and watermelon seeds. This trend continued for decades and inspired the first Jefferson County Watermelon Festival in Monticello. We still have a few growers to this day. The Watermelon Festival continues as a time-honored tradition that says it’s summertime in Monticello, FL!
In October, The Chamber of Commerce gets in a festive mood with the Historic Monticello Ghost Tours. Tours occur the last three weekends of October and on Halloween night. Learn why Monticello was dubbed “The Most Haunted Small Town in the South” and was featured on Anderson Cooper’s television show and several other Most Haunted shows. MainStreet Monticello also jumps in with the Halloween Haunting and Dogwood Street of Terror for the youngest ghosts and goblins. Downtown businesses stay open late and hand out candy to the terrifying tots. The New Leaf Market Farm Tour brings many visitors from the region to Jef-
ferson County as many local farms are featured on the tour. As you visit the local farms, you’ll see and participate in craft demonstrations such as spinning, weaving, and other fiber arts. Hear down-home music, eat farm raised organic foods, learn about beekeeping, berry growing, wine making, cattle ranching, and have a heyday on hayrides. There’s plenty of sheep and goat petting and chicken chasing to thrill even the youngest farm visitor. December brings Bethlehem in Monticello, provided by the First United Methodist Church. This is a live, Nativity scene. Lines stretch for blocks as visitors hear carolers, drink hot chocolate and pet camels, goats, a donkey, and various sheep while learning about the true reason for the Christmas season. Usually held the first Friday of December, MainStreet Monticello also hosts Christmas Around-the-Downtown. Merchants and restaurants stay open late. Arts and crafts vendors and musicians delight shoppers with their wares. Jefferson Arts Gallery hosts an exhibit and arts and crafts bazaar. There’s no better way to get in the holiday mood and shop for that special someone on your list. The Monticello Area Preservation Association hosts a tour of historic homes on Pearl Street, complete with entertainment and lots of holiday spirit.
So be sure to visit Monticello throughout the year. There’s always something to do!
jefferson Arts Gallery
Two Old Goats by Bob Copper 575 W Washington Street Monticello, FL 32344 850-997-3311 jeffersonartsgallery.com
Gift Shop Classes Workshops open wEDNESDAY & sATURDAY, 10 AM to 2 pm Exhibits first Saturday, 2 pm to 4 pm
Map of Monticello
Communities of Jefferson County Ashville In the late 1830’s, a country store was operated by James Morris and Samuel Sessions. The location came to be known as Rhodes Store, and by the late 19th Century was renamed Ashville. Aucilla Originally called Williamsburg, the community was established with a store in 1845. When the Pensacola and Georgia Railroad came through, it was renamed Aucilla. In the 1800’s, common spellings of the town’s name were “Ocilla” and “Oscilla.” Drifton In the late 1850’s, the railroad company established its Station No. 3 around the small community of Walker’s Mills. At the time, the location consisted of a depot, several mills, and one store. The community grew and was renamed Drifton in the 1870’s. Lamont Originally referred to as Beasely’s Store, the lo-
cation was renamed McKanes Store shortly before the Civil War, and was sometimes referred to as “Lickskillet.” It was renamed “Lamont” in the 1800’s. Lloyd Bailey’s Mills was established in the early part of the 1800’s, and grew into a large farming community when the railroad came through. By the mid- 1800’s, the town’s name had changed to Lloyd in honor of Walter F. Lloyd, who had established the first post office and built the town. Wacissa During the Antebellum Period, the town was only a small community that many people expected to become a major port town at the head of the navigable Wacissa and Aucilla Rivers. Waukeenah In the mid-1800’s, Waukeenah was the second largest community in Jefferson County and was the home of two plantations: Waukeenah and Welaunee.
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Main Street of Monticello, Inc. This organization helps beautify the downtown area and provide programs of interest for the community. Main Street is responsible for sponsoring the John Moran Wildflower Exhibit and the Smithsonian exhibit, Journey Stories. Recently, Main Street held a conference for archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, and teachers. Visitors learned that exciting discoveries are made daily in Jefferson County, possibly pre-dating early man to thousands of years before Clovis man. Aucilla Basin Pre-History FLORIDA FLAT-WOODS By Anne H. Holt, Ph.D
The Flat Woods of Jefferson County Florida are a world out of time. This remote and mysterious area is almost impenetrable and unknown except by a few hunters, fishermen, and scientists. The Flat Woods are located in South-central Florida, at the edge of the Apalachee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. These remote tangled woods and swamps are bordered on the east by the Suwanee River and on the west by the Wakulla. The area is split by the mysterious, disappearing Aucilla River and graced by the spring-fed Wacissa and the lost Pinhook. These woods and swamps boast as diverse a collection of botanical specimens as any place in the world not a rain forest. Sinkholes pierce the porous limestone underlying the jungle-like growth of oak, pine and palm, adding to the ancient mystery. The treasures of this vast crescent, reaching almost 100,000 acres, lie deep. They are hidden from all but scientists, trained divers and special equipment. The knowledge hidden here is covered by a blanket of rotted plant life to a remarkable depth; a covering that provides anaerobic security for the remains of humans and animals waiting through centuries to tell the story of the settlement of North America. This area has been of great interest to anthropologists, archeologists and other scientists for many years. The evidence they have gathered through
several â€œdigsâ€? suggests eons of settlement by humans, possibly some of the earliest settlement in North America. The pressing question developing as all of this evidence accumulates is whether or not the first settlement in North America came from the east or from the northwest. Could the first North American settlers have come across the ice from Europe? The answer lies waiting in the Flat Woods under a deep blanket of plant waste, protected by a lack of oxygen and waiting to be uncovered.
Hospitals Archbold Memorial Hospital - 229-228-2000 915 Gordon Ave., Thomasville, GA
County Resources & Newcomer’s Information
Capitol Regional Medical Center - 656-5000 2626 Capital Medical Blvd., Tallahassee
All area codes in Jefferson & Leon County are 850
Monticello Health & Fitness Center - 997-4400 760 E. Washington St., Monticello
Emergency & Medical Emergencies - 911 Poison Control - 800-222-1222
MADCo Fitness/Dance Studio - 321-0036 262 N Cherry St., Monticello
Acupuncture Enlightened Health, Candice Parker, A.P - 997-4595 100 S. Mulberry St., Monticello Dentist Michael Carney, D.D - 997-2485 1535 W. Washington St., Monticello Health Clinics TMH Gerry Specialty Center - 997-2511 555 N. Jefferson St., Monticello • Women’s Care • Diabetes Center • Physical Therapy • Optometrist Jefferson County Health Department - 342-0170 1255 W. Washington St., Monticello Tallahassee Memorial Family Medicine - 997-0707 1549 S. Jefferson, Monticello TriCounty Family Healthcare - 948-2840 193 NW US 221, Greenville Hospice Services Big Bend Hospice - 997-2827 205 N. Mulberry St., Monticello Covenant Hospice - 575-4998 1921 Capital Circle N.E. Ste 1, Tallahassee, FL, 32308
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital - 431-1155 1300 Miccosukee Rd., Tallahassee Massage Therapy/Fitness Jennifer Ellis, L.M.T - 694-2204 180 S. Cherry St., Monticello
Nursing & Convalescent Homes Brynwood Nursing Center - 997-1800 1656 S. Jefferson St., Monticello Cross Landings - 997-2313 1780 N. Jefferson St., Monticello Pharmacies CVS Pharmacy - 997-4108 1240 S. Jefferson St., Monticello Stewarts Pharmacy & The Wellness Center 216-1021 1350 E Mahan St., Suite B1, Tallahassee Winn Dixie Pharmacy - 997-9632 1245 S. Jefferson St., Monticello Veterinarian Animal Medical Clinic - 997-3750 1455 W. Washington St., Monticello Veterinary Associates Monticello - 997-2506 1599 N Jefferson, (N US 19), Monticello City Government The City Council meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7 pm at 245 S Mulberry Street. Monticello City Hall - 342-0153 TDD (Hearing Impaired)…342-0288 245 S. Mulberry St. Fire Department (Fires Only) - 911
Fire Department Administrative - 342-0180 Police Department - 342-0150 190 S. Mulberry St Sewer Plant - 342-0159 Mamie Scott Drive County Offices County Commission meets the first Tuesday of the month at 9:00 a.m. and the third Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the County Courthouse Annex, 435 W Walnut Street. Ambulance Service - 911 Non-Emergency - 342-0182 Building Inspector & Permits - 342-0223 445 W. Palmer Mill Rd, Monticello County Clerk/Courthouse - 342-0218 Courthouse Annex 435 W Walnut Street, Monticello County Extension Service - 342-0187 275 N. Mulberry St., Monticello County Judge - 342-1091 Courthouse Emergency Management - 342-0211 1238 N. Jefferson St., Monticello Workforce - 850- 973-9675 705 E. Base St., Madison Mobile Units available in Jefferson, Hamilton, and Taylor County Call for scheduling Fire Department (Fire Chief) - 342-0182 S. U.S. Highway 19 Fires Only - 911 Grants Administration - 342-0176 TDD - 342-0177 Jefferson County Economic Development Council 997-7999 492 W Walnut St., Monticello Jefferson Extension Service - 342-0187 2729 W Washington St.
Jefferson County Tourist Development Council 997-0517 Public Health Unit Clinic - 342-0170 1225 W. Washington St. Environmental Health - 342-0170 WIC - 342-0167 Jefferson County Jail - 997-2023 171 Industrial Park Landfill Program - 342-0184 Landfill Scale House - 324-0186 S. U.S. Hwy 19 R. J. Bailar Jefferson County Public Library - 342-0205 Learning Center - 342-0264 375 S. Water St., Monticello Property Appraiser - 997-3356 480 W. Walnut St., Monticello Recreation Department - 342-0240 Mamie Scott Dr., Monticello
Recycling Center - 342-0185 S. U.S. 19 Road Department - 997-2036 1484 S. Jefferson St., Monticello Sheriff’s Office - 997-2523 171 Industrial Park, Monticello Supervisor of Elections - 997-3348 380 W. Dogwood St. Tax Collector - 342-0147 500 W. Walnut St. Veterans’ Affairs - 342-0211 1238 N. Jefferson St. Local State Offices Agriculture & Consumer Service Customer Complaints - 800-435-7352 Lemon Law - 800-321-5366 Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend Region 973-2512 309 SW Range Ave., Madison Florida Department of Children & Family Florida Abuse Hotlines - 800-962-2873 TDD - 800-453-5145 Adult Services - 866-931-3671 Developmental Services - 488-4180 Department of Children & Families (Food Stamps) 342-0039 Family Safety & Preservation, Foster Care Department of Financial Services Hurricane Helpline - 800-227-8676 Department of Revenue - 800-622-5437 Child Support Enforcement Rape Crisis and Spouse Abuse - 800-500-1119 Department of Transportation - 800-922-7900 Maintenance & Construction Office, Midway, FL Driver’s Licenses - 342-0147 500 W. Walnut St. Florida Highway Patrol - 482-9510 Jefferson Correctional Institution - 997-1987
Probation & Parole - 342-0272 Public Defender - 342-0202 165 E. Dogwood Street State Attorney - 342-0196 490 West Walnut Street Local U.S. Government Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency 997-2072 1244 N. Jefferson Street Internal Revenue Service http://www.irs.gov Business Tax Line - 800-829-4933 Need a Tax Form - 800-829-3676 Refund Hotline - 800-829-1954 Tax Help Line - 800-829-1040 TTY - 800-829-4059 U.S. Post Office Lamont, US 19, 32336 - 997-3070 Lloyd, 7 Main St. 32337 - 997-3863 Monticello, 275 N. Jefferson St. 32344 &5 - 997-2122 Wacissa, 38 Tram Rd. 32361 - 997-5281 Veterans Administration Regional Office, Benefits Information & Assistance - 800-827-1000 Education Aucilla Christian Academy Principal’s Office - 997-3597 7803 Aucilla Rd., Monticello First UMC Preschool/Little Angels - 997-6400 395 W. Palmer Mill Rd., Monticello Jefferson County School Board - 342-0100 575 S. Water Street Monticello, Florida 32344 Superintendent: Al Cooksey Jefferson County Middle & High School - 997-3555 50 David Road (off US 19 S) Jefferson Early Headstart - 997-4736 395 E. Washington St., Monticello Jefferson Elementary School 906 E. Rocky Branch Rd - 342-0115 Little Angels in Training Day Care - 997-5656 1290 E. Clark Avenue
Kids, Inc. - 414-9800 2326 Centerville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32301 Monticello Christian Academy - 997-6048 1590 N. Jefferson St Vocational Technical Center - 997-4047 Electric Service Duke Energy - (800) 700-8744 Tri-County Electric Cooperative - 997-2285 Madison Grocer Big Save IGA Food Outlet - 997-4505 575 S Jefferson, Monticello COSTCO Wholesale - 219-2522 4067 Lagniappe Way, Tallahassee Jefferson Farmerâ€™s Market - 997-5965 690 E. Washington St., Monticello Winn-Dixie - 997-2247 1245 S Jefferson, Monticello Land Clearing & Septic Billy Simmons Backhoe - 997-0877 338 River Rd., Lamont Mini-Storage Allstar Storage - 510-9512 S. Highway 19 Jefferson Storage - 997-3666 905 N. Jefferson Monticello Mini-Storage - 997-4206 York & Railroad Streets Royal Mini-Storage - 997-1480 2034 S. Jefferson Street Registerâ€™s Mini-Storage - 997-2535 271 Waukeenah Highway Newspaper Monticello News (ECB Publishing) 180 W Washington St - 997-3568
Propane Amerigas - 997-3331 S. Waukeenah Highway, Monticello Suburban Propane - 997-5191
Phone Service CenturyLink - 800-786-6272 Residential/Internet Transportation Big Bend Transit - 997-1323 W. Dogwood St Jefferson County Schools Bus Barn - 326-0136 S. U.S. Highway 19 Transportation Disadvantaged Ombudsman 800-093-2435 Hearing Impaired - 800-648-6084 Water/Sewer Department Sewer Plant - 342-0159 In Town City Hall - 342-0153 Jefferson Community Water Systems- 997-0314 Serves residents in the Lloyd, Wacissa, Waukeenah, Aucilla and Lamont areas Well Drilling Jefferson Well Drilling - 997-2573 Highway 149-A
National Registry Asa May House (c. 1840); U.S. 19 near junction of U.S. 19 and 27 at Capps. San Miguel de Asile Spanish Mission Site (c. 1607); near Lamont. Turnbull-Ritter House (c. 1859); South of I-10 and west of U.S. 19. Dennis-Coxetter House (c. 1859); East of junction of S.R. 158 and 59 in Lloyd. Lloyd Railroad Depot (c. 1858); east of junction of S.R. 158 and 59 in Lloyd Lloyd Womanâ€™s Club (c. 1939); Bond Street, Lloyd Lloyd-Bond House (c. 1864); Bond Street, Lloyd. San Joseph de Ocuya Spanish Mission Site (c. 1600); near Lloyd. Bethel School (c. 1903); on C.R. 149, northeast of Monticello Denham-Lacy House (c. 1872); 555 Palmer Mill RD, Monticello Lyndhurst Plantation (1850); 15 miles northeast of Monticello off C.R. 146 Monticello High School (1852); 425 W. Washington Street, Monticello Palmer Place House (c. 1840); Corner of W. Palmer Mill Rd. and S. Jefferson Street, Monticello Palmer-Perkins House (c. 1836); W. Palmer Rd., Monticello Perkins Opera House (1890); 185 W. Washington St. and Courthouse Square, Monticello Wirick- Simmons House (c.1831) corner of N. Jefferson and E. Pearl Street, Monticello San Juan de Aspalaga Spanish Mission Site (c.1640); near Wacissa Girardeau House (1890); 950 E. Washington Street, Monticello Letchworth Mounds Archaelogical Site 45 Sunray Road, Tallahassee vicinity
Monticello and Lloyd also have districts listed on the National Register.
Monticello is known for its beautiful, restored, registered and historic homes. The Monticello Historic District encompasses twenty-seven city blocks, although a historical study of the city finds that there are nearly 600 buildings which were built before 1930. Perusing the moss-covered, oak-lined city streets takes one back to the nineteenth century when the prosperity of the region lured families to build the ornate, detailed Antebellum homes that still stand today. Many of the homes are private residences, a few are open to the public, and a few have seen new life as bed and breakfast establishments. The Self-Guided Walking and Driving Tour, a publication of the Tourist Development Council, is available at the Chamber of Commerce and online in the Chamber e-Guide. Here is a list of some of the buildings you will see on your self-guided tour: Jefferson County Courthouse (1909) Monticello Opera House, National Register (1890) Wirick – Simmons House, Greek Revival (1893) Monticello News Building (1859) Register’s Barber Shop, Greek Revival (1875-1884) Jackson Drug and Harris Grocery, Greek Revival (1878) Simmons Drug Store, Classic Revival Style, (1853) Masonic Temple (1914) First Presbyterian Church, Greek Revival (1867) Simpkins House, Classic Revival (1844) William S. Dillworth House, Classic Revival (1853) William Bud, Jr. House, Greek Revival (1856) Christian Bless House, Classic Revival with Greek Revival influence (1852) Girardeau House, Colonial Revival (1890) Avenue of Oaks (1890) Henry Mallory House, “I” style Queen Anne influence (1884) Budd Rainey House, Classic Revival (1858) Cuthbert House, Classic Revival (1840) Scott-Simmons House, Classic Revival (1855) Christ Episcopal Church, Geometric pattern of Classical Revival with applied Stick style, (1885) Denham-Brinson House, Classic Revival (1850) Budd-Pafford House, Classic Revival (1833) Roseland Cemetery (1872) Josiah T. Budd House, Bracketed style, (1884) Finlayson-Kelly House, Queen Anne style (1904) Clarke House, “I” style (1890) Jefferson County High School, Colonial Revival style (1852) John Denham-Lacy House, Italianate style (1872) First Methodist Church, English Gothic Revival style (1888)
Calendar of Events FEBRUARY Come one, come all to the Chamber of Commerce Annual Chili Challenge. Enjoy all the chili you can eat. Meet celebrity judges and enjoy the hilarious competition as the challenges abound. Enjoy music, food and fun for everyone! MARCH Tour of Historic Homes – This biennial tour is held on the third weekend in March and is sponsored by the Jefferson County Historical Association. The 2013 Tour also included a tour of Roseland Cemetery, where tourists learned about Monticello’s historic past through storytelling by the gravesides. MAY Southern Music Rising Festival – a two-day festival featuring bluegrass bands performing at various locations in the downtown Monticello area. Enjoy music, food, and story-telling, and arts & crafts. JUNE Jefferson County Watermelon Festival – Since 1949, the Watermelon Festival is the biggest event of the year. It attracts between 5,000 and 7,000 visitors annually. This festival takes place during the third weekend of June, and is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. The festival features arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, pageants, watermelon seed spitting contest, talent show, Children’s Theatre, children’s activities, bed race, parade, barbecue dinner, fashion show, car show, art show, street dance, ghost tours, and the crowning of the annual Watermelon Queen. It is the quintessential small town festival, full of family fun and watermelon!
JULY Fourth of July Fireworks Show – Jefferson County Celebrates America on July 4th with live entertainment, ending with a dazzling fireworks display. Fireworks are provided by nationally-
known W.O. Bullock Pyrotechnics. This event is sponsored by our local Veterans. SEPTEMBER Got junk and priceless treasures? You can sell it at the annual Flea Across Florida. This 275 mile flea market stretches from Live Oak, FL to Pensacola on Hwy 90. The event is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. To reserve your spot, call 850-997-5552.
For more info on all events, go to the Chamber web site at: www.MontcelloJeffersonFl.com
The Chamber of Commerce celebrates their year of success at the Annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner. Everyone is invited as we raise a glass and recognize and honor the success of our business members and volunteers. It’s an exciting time to live in Monticello, FL! OCTOBER Monticello Historic Ghost Tours – Take a walking tour of the most haunted buildings in downtown Monticello. This event is held during the Watermelon Festival and in October. It is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Call 850997-5552 for reservations. Haunted Main Street—walk amongst the ghouls and ghosts of Dogwood Street, if you dare! Main Street Monticello sponsors this event and provides trick-or-treaters with thrills and chills for all ages. The Monticello Opera House also hosts an event: either a chance to kick up your heels and dance, or “live” entertainment on the main stage in the upstairs theatre. DECEMBER Christmas Around the Downtown- This annual celebration is held in downtown Monticello on the first Friday night in December. Christmas music, arts & crafts, food vendors, art exhibit, carolers and a visit from jolly old Saint Nicholas! The Monticello Opera House sponsors a theatrical performance as well. The event is sponsored by Main Street Monticello. New Years Eve Gala at the Monticello Opera House or Jefferson County Country Club, December 31st. This annual event boasts fine dining, dancing, live entertainment, champagne, and a great way to ring in the New Year with old and new friends.
Lodging Bed & Breakfasts Avera-Clarke House B & B—See Listing! 580 W. Washington Monticello, FL 850-997-5007 John Denham House B & B—See Listing! 555 W Palmer Mill Road Monticello, FL 850-997-4568 The Cottage B & B 295 W. Palmer Mill Road Monticello, FL 850-342-3541 Willow Pond Plantation 398 Willow Pond Plantation Monticello, FL 850-222-4400 The Daffodale House—See Listing! 620 W Washington Street Monticello, FL 850-997-1111 Campgrounds Tallahassee KOA—See Listing! 347 KOA Road Monticello, FL 850-997-3890
Stone’s Throw RV Park 97 Cumberland Drive Lamont, FL 32336 850-997-8167
Lodge Honey Lake Plantation 1290 Honey Lake Road Greenville, FL 850-948-9911 Motels Brahman Inn 1530 E Washington Street Monticello, FL 850-997-3525 Capri Lazy Days Inn 2465 N. Jefferson Street Monticello, FL 850-997-5712 Days Inn of Monticello 1-10 at 44 Woodsworth Road Monticello, FL 850-997-5988 Econo Lodge-See Listing! 1-10 at Exit 217 2616 Gamble Road Lloyd, FL 850-997-0020 Super 8 Motel 1-10 and U.S. 19 South Monticello, FL 850-997-8888
Cody Pentecostal Holiness Church 3812 Tram Road - 997-6774 Christ Episcopal Church 425 N. Cherry St. - 997-4116 Elizabeth Baptist Church 4124 Basset Dairy Road - 997-6144
Churches Faith and our churches play an integral part in the lives of Jefferson County residents. There are too many to list in this Guide. For a full online listing of churches in the county, visit www.visitjeffersoncountyflorida.com/churches.
First Assembly Of God 685 S Jefferson St - 997-6950 First Baptist Church of Monticello 325 W. Washington St - 997-2349 First Baptist Church of Lloyd 291 Main St - 997-5309 First Presbyterian Church of Monticello 290 E. Dogwood - 997-2252 First United Methodist Church 325 W. Walnut St - 997-5545
Bethel AME Church 410 E. York St - 997-6651
Kingdom Hall of Jehovahâ€™s Witness 645 Ashville Highway - 997-2318
Central Church of Christ 100 Coppers Pond Rd - 997-1166
Lamont Baptist 121 River Rd Lamont - 997-6870 Wacissa United Methodist Church 14492 Waukeenah Hwy, Lamont - 997-2179 Memorial Missionary Baptist 780 Second St - 997-4947 Monticello Church of God 412 E. Palmer Mill Rd - 997-1119 Monticello Church of the Nazarene 1780 N. Jefferson St - 997-3906 Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist 136 SW Ybel Trail - 997-7355 Mt. Mariah Ministries 56 Hall Rd, Lamont - 997-8944 Restored Glory Christian Center 1287 South Jefferson Street - 997-7422 St. Margaretâ€™s Catholic Church 1565 E. Washington, Hwy 90 E - 997-3622 Transforming Life Church of God 1206 Springfield Rd - 997-6950 Waukeenah United Methodist Church 81 Methodist Church Road - 997-2171
Jefferson County Facts & Demographics County Seat: Monticello Miles to Tallahassee: 24 Miles to Thomasville, GA: 23 Cities and Towns: Ashville, Aucilla, Capps, Cody, Drifton, Fanlew, Lamont, Lloyd, Monticello, Wacissa, Waukeenah Square Mileage: 609, four square miles of water. Largest City: Monticello, population 2,449 Population: 1980: 10,703 1990: 11,296 2010: 14,761 2020: 15,900 (projected) Labor Force (2010): Percentage of county population: 44.9 Number unemployed: 219 Unemployment rate: 9.3% Per Capita Personal Income: 2007 $29,406 2008 $29,980 2009 $30,014 Largest Private Sector Employers: Brynwood Center 125 Simpson Nursery 125 Cross Landing 76 Farmers & Merchants Bank 60 P.S. Art Company 39 Aucilla Christian Academy 38 Conway Freight 27 Public Sector Top Employers: Jefferson County Correctional Institute 222 Jefferson County School District 177 City of Monticello 43
Colleges North Florida Community College North Florida Community College Located in Madison, FL. NFCC is one of Floridaâ€™s original community colleges. North Florida Community College has educated Jefferson County residents since 1958 when the college was first established. Many students go on to study at four-year colleges; many high school and home-schooled students enjoy the dualenrollment program. NFCC is a fully accredited public community college offering associate degrees, technical certificates, adult, community and continuing education. Day and evening classes are also available. Florida A&M University Located in Tallahassee, FL. FAMU has a student body of 12,000 students. It is a doctoral research university, known for its journalism, pharmaceutical sciences, veterinarian, and agriculture schools. It was originally designed to meet the needs of the underrepresented and underprivileged through its educational programs. Today, FAMU is committed to meeting the academic challenges and needs of future generations. Florida State University Located in Tallahassee, FL. FSU is one of the nationâ€™s elite research universities. It offers a distinctive academic environment built on its cherished values and unique heritage. It boasts a prime location in the heart of the state capital. Academic leadership is evident with a student body of 40,000 excelling in the arts, humanities, sciences, and sports. Tallahassee Community College Located in Tallahassee, FL. TCC has a student body of 15,000. TCC teaches students to excel in academics, helping them to transition to the next level in their academic careers at Florida four year colleges. TCC also prepares students who wish to gain skills and knowledge to compete effectively in todayâ€™s high-skilled workforce.