Gainesville, Florida: A Circle of Diversity
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Title: Gainesville, Florida: A Circle of Diversity
Physical Description: Book
Publisher: Alachua County Visitors and Convention Bureau
Place of Publication: Gainesville, FL
Subjects / Keywords: History -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Temporal Coverage: Common Era ( 1200 - 3000 )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Alachua County -- Gainesville
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Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
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Alachua County Visitors and Convention Bureau
30 East University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601


Within the quiet, lush beauty of North Central Florida, Alachua
County is a circle of natural diversity. We offer a wide variety of
activities to visitors... from sports and recreation to arts and culture,
from festivals and special events to touring and shopping.

Alachua County is located in north central Florida on the 1-75
corridor halfway between Atlanta and Miami.

Covering 965 square miles, Alachua County includes the towns of
Archer, Alachua, Cross Creek, Gainesville, Hague, Hawthorne, High
Springs, La Crosse, Melrose, Micanopy, Newberry, Rochelle, Santa
Fe, Traxler, Waldo, and Windsor.

Population 218,125

4'. Moderate temperature averages 70.1 F
with summer highs in the 90s and
winter lows in the 40s.

Average of 2,803 hours of sunshine
each year.

Over 4000 rooms in motels, hotels, and
bed and breakfast inns, and a wide
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0-1 Adventure Outpost
0-2 Bivens Arm Nature Park
0-3 Devil's Millhopper State Geological Site
0-4 Dudley Farm
0-5 Gainesville to Hawthorne Rail Trail
0-6 Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
0-7 Paynes Prairie State Preserve
0-8 Poe Springs Park
0-9 San Felasco Hammock State Preserve
0-10 Santa Fe Canoe Outpost


Archer Community Museum
Florida Museum of Natural History Powell Hall
Fred Bear
Hawthorne Museum and Cultural Center
Matheson Historical Center
Micanopy Historical Society Museum
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
The Thomas Center

T-1 Center for the Performing Arts
T-2 The Hippodrome State Theatre

R-1 Canterbury Florida's Equestrian Showplace
R-2 Gainesville Raceway

F-1 Kanapaha Plantation House
F-2 Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Historic Site
F-3 Morningside Nature Center
F-4 Retirement Home for Horses
F-5 Santa Fe Community College Teaching Zoo
F-6 A Walk Through Time

S-1 Alachua County Farmers Market
S-2 Oaks Mall
S-3 Waldo Farmers and Flea Market

U-1 The Historical Campus
U-2 Stephen C. O'Connell Center
U-3 Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Memorial Stadium

0-1 Adventure Outpost
815 NW Santa Fe Blvd. (Hwy 441)
High Springs, FL 32643
(386) 454-0611

Based in the heart of North Florida's famous "spring country" the Adventure
Outpost outfits and guides kayak and canoe trips on over 30 waterways through
the region. We also offer sales and rentals of canoes, kayaks and coming equip-
ment. Please call for hours and fees.

0-2 Bivens Arm
Nature Park
3650 South Main Street, Gainesville
(352) 334-2056

Enjoy 57 acres of oak hammock and marsh
traversed by a 1-mile nature trail that includes a
1200-foot boardwalk. Wildlife sanctuary, nature
park, picnic tables, pavilion. Open daily 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Free.

0-3 Devil's iMillhopper
State Geological Site
4732 Millhopper Road (SR 232), Gainesville
(352) 955-2008

Enjoy a dozen small waterfalls as you follow
232 steps to the bottom of a 120-foot deep,
500-foot wide sinkhole containing plant
species found rarely in Florida. Guided
walk 10 a.m. every Saturday. Visitors center, picnic tables. Open Wed. Sun. 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission.

0-4 Dudley Farm Historic
State Park
18730 W Newberry Rd.
Newberry, FL 32669
(352) 472-1142

Dudley farm is an authentic working farm.
Eighteen historic structures make up an
authentic (not recreated) farm complex.
Dudley farm presents a living history working farm encompassing 325 of the origi-
nal 640 acres Open Wed. Sun. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, farmstead closes at 4pm.

0-5 Gainesville to Hawthorne
Rail Trail
3300 Southeast 15th Street, Gainesville
(352) 466-3397

This 17-mile trail, designed for walking, cycling and horseback riding, extends from
Gainesville's historic Boulware Springs Park at Paynes Prairie through Lochloosa
Wildlife Management Area to the town of Hawthorne. Travelers on the trail are
treated to changing landscapes past Prairie vistas, deep lakes, lush forests, and
the plants and animals who live there. The trail ends in Hawthorne at 300 SW 2nd
Avenue. Parking and daily access to the trail from 8 a.m. to sunset daily.

0-6 Kanapaha
Botanical Gardens
4700 Southwest 58th Drive
One mile west of 1-75 (Exit 75) on Archer-
Road (SR 24), Gainesville a
(352) 372-4981

Delight in 62 acres of lakeside forests and
specialty gardens: butterfly, vinery, herb (the South's largest), sunken, woodland,
spring flower, hummingbird, bamboo (the state's largest), cactus and succulent,

fern, carnivorous plant, palm, cycad, crinum, perennial, and a huge water garden.
Gift shop, plant nursery, and picnic area. Mon., Tue., Fri. 9 a.m. 5 p.m., Wed.,
Sat., Sun. 9 a.m. sunset. Closed Thurs. Admission.

0-7 Paynes Prairie State
10 Miles4South of Gainesville on US 441
(352) 466-3397
Boat, camp, hike, bird watch, fish, and picnic
on this 20,000-acre wildlife sanctuary a
popular destination for nature lovers. With
ponds and 3 lakes, Paynes Prairie is a wintering area for many migratory birds
such as the sandhill crane, and home to many Florida alligators and wild herds of
horses and American Bison. Observation tower and Visitors' Center with Museum.
Free ranger-led activities. October March. Trail maps available. Recreation park
open 8 a.m. to sunset daily. Visitors' Center open daily 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Admission.

0-8 Poe Springs Park
3.2 Miles West of High Springs on County ..
Road 340, High Springs
(386) 454-1992
Make a big splash in the cold, clear waters
of Poe Springs. This 197-acre park on the
Santa Fe River features rolling hills, bluffs, a
sparkling spring, a hardwood swamp and a variety of wildlife. Concession build-
ing, boat ramp, nature trail, multi-purpose building, playground, restrooms, and
picnic area with shelters. Open daily 9 a.m. sunset. Admission.
0-9 San Felasco Hammock State Preserve
Millhopper Road (SR 232) 3 1/2 miles west of Devil's Millhopper State
Geological Site, Gainesville
(386) 462-7905
Ten miles of marked nature trails through 6,900 acres of sunny pine forests and
shady hardwood hammocks, past steep sinkholes and over bubbling brooks. Rare
plants and champion trees, birds, bobcat, gray fox, white-tailed deer, and wild
turkey. 7 days a week 8 a.m.- sundown. Admission.

0-10 Santa Fe Canoe Outpost
Highway 441 at the Santa Fe River Bridge, High Springs
(386) 454-2050
Visitors enjoy river adventures with expert ouffitters on the Santa Fe River-- the
"most beautiful and unusual waterway in North Florida as well as being of consid-
erable historical interest". Paddlers choose from guided tours, private parties, self-
guided trips, moonlight drifts, and overnight excursions. The river is punctuated by
world famous Florida springs for swimming, snorkeling, and picnicking. All equip-
ment for paddling and camping available. Fees vary.

M- 1 Archer Community Museum
Corner of Magnolia and Main,
S.R. 24 at U.S. 41/27, Archer

(352) 495-1044
One of the oldest restored train stations in Florida now
S houses photographs, artifacts, documents, and a small
library that celebrate the community of Archer and its past.
Of particular interest are exhibits featuring local dignitaries,
antique clothing, railroad and school memorabilia donated
by families in the community Open Sat. 2 p.m. 6 p.m.
(closed for special holidays: Yulee Day 1st Sat. in June and T. Gilbert Pearson
Day- 1st Sat. in Nov.) Free.

M-2 Florida Museum of
Natural History, Powell Hall
Hull Road and Southwest 34th Street
University of Florida, Gainesville
1-75 Exit 75
(352) 846-2967
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The Museum of Natural History has expanded
into this new 55,000 square-foot educational and exhibition center. Permanent
exhibits transport visitors into Florida ecological and cultural experiences -
Northwest Florida: Waterways and Wildlife, South Florida: People and
Environments, Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life and Land, and Learning Resource
Center: interactive exhibits, specimen collections, outdoor natural areas and
teaching laboratories. Open Mon. Sat. 10 a.m. 5 p.m., Sun. and holidays 1 p.m.
- 5 p.m. Closed Christmas day. Free, but donations are accepted.

M-3 Fred Bear .-5
4600 SW 41st Boulevard
(Fred Bear Drive)
Archer Road at 1-75 Exit 75, Gainesville
(352) 376-2327 (Ext 278)
The Fred Bear Equipment Co.'s
Archery Pro & Gift Shop is open ..
Tuesday through Saturday from 10 '- ?
a.m. 6 p.m. All archery equipment
manufactured by Fred Bear Equipment Co. is on display and available for pur-
chase. Technical bow information and bow tuning are also available, along with
information about archery activities around the state. The Archery Range is
open to the public and available for target practice seven days a week. The
Range has multiple targets that can
be shot at various distances. Picnic tables are also located at the Range for
your convenience.

M-4 Hawthorne Museum
w and Cultural Center
7225 SE 221st Street (South Johnson St)
Hawthorne, FL 32640
(352) 481-4491
Built in 1907, the restore New Hope United
Methodist Church today houses artifacts, col-
lectibles, memorabilia, and photographs that
capture the drama and charm of Hawthorne's
past. In addition, local artisans and artists display their work in changing exhibits.
Call for a schedule of cultural events and festivals. Open Wed. & Fri.: 10 a.m. 2
p.m., Sat. & Sun. 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.
M-5 Alachua County
Historical Trust: Matheson
Museum Inc.
513 East University Avenue, Gainesville
if (352) 378-2280

-" 1 -The Matheson Historical Center offers visitors
a glimpse of Florida's past with 18,000 post
cards, 1,200 Stereo-View cards, 400 Florida prints, 50 maps of Alachua County
and Florida, and 2,500 volumes of local and state history. Open Tue. Fri. 9:30
a.m. 1:30 p.m., 2nd & 4th Sat of the month 10 a.m. 4 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m. 5 p.m.

SM-6 Micanopy Historical
Society Museum
Cholokka Boulevard and Bay Street
S 1-75 Exit 73,10 miles south of Gainesville on US
441, Micanopy
', (352)466-3200

S Located in the old Thrasher Warehouse, with a
wooden shingled roof and a large Coca-Cola sign
painted in the 1920s, the Museum transports the vis-
itor back in time with old photographs, memorabilia, artifacts and exhibits that
reflect a proud heritage and reminds one that present day Micanopy just outside
the door has not changed much. Open Mon. Sun. 1 p.m. 4 p.m. Bookstore.

M-7 Samuel P. Harn
Museum of Art
Hull Road and Southwest 34th Street
University of Florida, Gainesvillen .a .... .
(352) 392-9826.13

One of Florida's newest and largest,
the Ham offers a variety of changing
exhibits. The Museum features
American paintings, African, and pre-Colombian collections, as well as contempo-
rary works of art. Film and lecture series, workshops and performances. Tues. -
Fri. 11 a.m. 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. 5 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m.- 5 p.m., last admission
4:45 p.m., closed Mon. and state holidays. Museum gift shop open during regular
Museum hours, but closes at 4:30. Free admission.

.|.,, W M-8 The Thomas
302 Northeast 6th Avenue, Gainesville
(352) 334-2197

Gainesville's Cultural Center is housed
in a beautifully restored Mediterranean
Revival-style hotel. The Thomas
Center is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places, and con-
tains art galleries, 1920s period rooms, local history exhibits, and is surrounded by
lovely gardens. Open Mon. Fri. 8 a.m. 5 p.m.; Sat. Sun. 1 p.m. 4 p.m.
Admission for special events. Guided tours by request. Handicapped accessible.
No charge to visit.

T-1 Center for the Performing Arts
315 Hull Road
Hull Road and Southwest 34th Street
University of Florida, Gainesville

(352) 392-2787 Box Office .... -
From the best of Broadway, opera and lh .-
dance, to the superstars of pop, jazz, multi-p
classical and country music, Gainesville's
Center for the Perftorming Arts presents
the finest in world-class entertainment.
Opened in 1992, the Center t features a
state-of-the-art, 1800-seat theater with a
large proscenium stage, versatile orches-
tra pit, and the latest in sound and light-
ing technology. Also houses a 200-seat, multi-purpose Black Box Theatre.

T-2 The
Hippodrome State
25 Southeast 2nd Place
(352) 375-4477 Box Office
Take your seat next to the three
quarter round Hippodrome stage
and enjoy the very best in contem-
porary plays starring professional
actors from all over the country. The Theatre also offers an exciting cinema series
on the Second Stage, and a gallery that features the work of local artists. The
Hippodrome is housed in the former U.S. Post Office, and is on the National
Register of Historic Places.

R-1 Canterbury Florida's Equestrian Showplace
23100 West Newberry Road (10 miles west of 1-75 Exit 76 on SR 26), Newberry
(352) 472-6758
161 acres of pasture and forests trails. Covered, lighted, Grand Prix-sized arena
with seating for 2,500. Four outdoor rings. Two hundred permanent stalls. The
calendar features a year-round schedule of horse shows, clinics, cross country rid-
ing and dressage, day schooling, competition driving, and special performances
such as the Royal Lippizans. Office open Mon. Fri. 8:30 a.m. 5 p.m.

R-2 Gainesville .
Raceway ...........
11211 North County Road 225,
(352) 377-0046
Lightning speed and thundering GAWESwACEWA-
excitement, and home of the NHRA .
Gatornationals every March, the
Raceway hosts a year-round calendar of professional and amateur drag racing,
auto shows and motorcycle racing.


F-1 Historic Haile Homstead at Kanapaha
West of Gainesville on Archer Road (I-75 exit 75), Gainesville
(352) 372-2633

The Historic Haile Hometead is one of the few remaining antebellum plantation
homes in north central Florida. This huge, 7,000 square foot structure had been
carefully restored to reflect its days as a cotton plantation dating back to the late
1850's. Of particular interest are family notes written directly on the interior walls
for more than 100 years over 12,500 words in almost every room. Open Sunday
noon 4 p.m.. Admission.

>.:~~ 'F-2 Marjorie Kinnan
-' Rawlings Stale Historic Site
.-'L Cross Creek, 21 Miles Southeast of Gainesville
on Highway 325
(352) 466-3672

Visit the home and twelve-acre farm of
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings just as it was when
the noted author of The Yearling lived here.
Learn about Florida cracker living in quiet Cross Creek. Farmyard, grove, and
wooded path open for self-guided tours 8 a.m. 5 p.m. daily. Guided tours of the
house, limited to 10 people each, on the hour. First come, first served. Thurs. -
Sun. 10 a.m 11 a.m, 1 p.m. 4 p.m. Available for small seminars by reservation.
House closed on holidays, and from August 1 September 30. Admission for the
house tour.

F-3 Morningside
Nature Center
3540 East University Avenue,
(352) 334-2170

Experience the life style of a family
farm in North Central Florida 100 years
ago. Visit the 278-acre Living History
Farm featuring barnyard animals, an
1840 cabin, a turn-of-the-century kitchen, heirloom garden, schoolhouse, and
barn. Explore 7 miles of trails and boardwalks through sandhill, long leaf pine and
cypress habitats including over 130 bird species, 225 wildflower species, mam-
mals and reptiles. Live animal exhibits, educational programs and a wildlife obser-
vation blind. Open daily 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free.

F-4 Retirement Home
r 4", :- for Horses
Mill Creek Farm
County Road 235-A, Alachua
(Travel west on US 441 from 1-75 exit 78.
Just past Santa Fe High School, turn
S" ,., right on CR 235-A. Farm is 3 miles north
of school.)
(386) 462-1001

Over 80 horses wander the quiet countryside and rolling emerald hills of Mill
Creek Farm. Retired, now these horses are relaxing and kicking up their heels.
Open Sat. 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Admission: 2 carrots, but 5-pound bag preferred.

F-5 Santa Fe
Community College
Teaching Zoo
3000 Northwest 83rd Street f o- "'.
1-75 Exit 77, Gainesville l ,
(352) 395-5604

The only community college teaching zoo
in the nation houses mammals, reptiles,

amphibians, birds, and endangered species from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe
and the Americas. Guided tours led by zoo keepers Sat. Sun. 9 a.m. 2 p.m. or
by appointment Mon. Fri. Free.

SF-6 A Walk Through Time
Kanapaha Park
Tower Road and Southwest 41st Place
.1-75 Exit 76 West, Gainesville

A unique lesson in history... and a deeply
moving memorial to the individual men and
women of Alachua County and the University
of Florida who gave their lives for freedom.
Literally travel through time down a granite, brick and tile berm walk where one lin-
ear foot equals one year in time. Spanning 219 feet, A Walk Through Time covers
10 wars from the Revolutionary War through Desert Storm. Handicapped accessi-
ble. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Free.

S-1 Alachua County Farmers Market
Corner of U.S. 441 and NW 34th Street (SR 121), Gainesville
(352) 392-1845, extension 416

The Alachua County Farmers Market is the only farmers market in Florida that
guarantees that everything sold is produced in N.Florida and sold by the farmer
that grew it. This covered, outdoor market is a favorite with shoppers who enjoy
the freshest fruits and vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, honey, flowers, and orna-
mental plants. Visitors meet the farmers personally. Open Sat. 8:30 a.m. 1 p.m.
and Thurs. 8:30 a.m. noon. No admission.

S-2 Oaks Mall a.
6419 Newberry Road
1-75 Exit 76, Gainesville
(352) 331-4411

North Central Florida's largest shopping *I
center offers 5 major department stores, 22
restaurants, 10 movie theaters, a one-mile
measured indoor walking course in a tem-
perature controlled environment, and 160
specialty shops. Sftop by the information
desk for a guide. Open Mon.d- Sat. 10 a.m. -
9 p.m., Sun. noon 6 p.m.

S-3 Waldo Farmers and ,"
Flea Market r.
US Highway 301 one mile north of Waldo,
Waldo i
(352) 468-2255

Over 40 acres and 800 vendors make this FARMERS &,
"country market with big city crowds" one of I FLEA MARKET
the largest in north central Florida. Bargain
hunters shop for "everything from blue jeans ,
to73 green am-4beans".pm Market Noadiso.pen weekends i111gl]'" ..':; : ."::: ...

University of Florida, Gainesville
U-I The Historical Campusr...
U.F. has many buildings on the National Register of 1
Historic Places such as University Auditorium. Above

the Auditorium, visitors will find Century Tower, a 49-
bell carillon that rings on quarter hours. Maps avail-
able at the gated entrances. Visitor passes at U.F.'s
main entrance at Southwest 13th Street (U.S. 441)
and Southwest 2nd Avenue.

U-2 Stephen C. O'Connell
(352) 392-5500

W Cheer Gator basketball, track, swimming, vol-
leyball, and gymnastics teams in the
296,000-square foot O'Connell Center, featur-
ing an air-supported roof. Sit back in one of
the 12,000 seats for an evening of celebrity
performers. Admission varies with event.

U-3 Florida Field at
Ben Hill Griffin Memorial
Located directly east of the O'Connell
Center and seating 85.000 fans,
Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin
Memorial Stadium affectionately
nicknamed "The Swamp" is the
home of the 1996 National Champion
"Fightin' Gators" football team.

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See these intriguing scaly creatures in
their natural habitat from the shores of
Lake Alice at the western end of
Museum Road on the U.F campus.

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Alachua County enjoys a full schedule of special events which include dance the-
ater, music, festivals, exhibitions, sports, fairs and showcases. Calendars and
information available at the Alachua County Visitors and Convention Bureau.

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Alachua County's year-round mild climate and recreation facilities attract athletes
from around the world for training. There is no lack of sportscapes with swimming
pools, public golf courses, tracks, baseball fields, and jogging trails at Santa Fe
Community College, University of Florida, and City and County parks. Cyclists
discover miles of scenic roads and paths. Information available at the Alachua
County Visitors and Convention Bureau.


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