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About Micanopy

 

Micanopy (Mick-can-oh'-pee) is a unique city 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. For more info and history go to http://welcometomicanopy.com.

 

The Early Days

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.

 

Makin' Movies

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. 


 

While Hollywood loves to visit, it certainly hasn't changed the ambiance of this quiet town. Visitors leisurely wander in and out of shops selling antiques, old books, ceramics, stained glass, jewelry and other specialized arts and crafts. The town offers a four star bed and breakfast--The Herlong Mansion--and gourmet restaurants.

 

Micanopy Today

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.


 

Links & Articles (updated October 2014)


Orlando Sentinal September 2014 (VIDEO) - "Herlong Mansion A Beautiful Part of Micanopy History"
Micanopy History is Built to Last


Vero Beach Magazine October 2013 - "Landmark Herlong Mansion is an elegant Inn"
On The Trail In Micanopy


Herald-Tribune October 19 2013 - Outside of Miami Beach, Micanopy might be one of the best-known communities in Florida.
Walkabout: Alachua County antiques mecca


Boca Raton Travel Magazine February 2013 - "When you really want to get away from it all...come to The Herlong Mansion and give peace (and quiet) a chance."


Florida Travel & Life Jan/Feb 2013. 30 Weekend Getaways - Where to escape in 2013. Tour de Florida "You can''t help but love Micanopy and the Herlong Mansion"


Sleepy Micanopy a perfect getaway , November 2012


Gainesville Today Magazine October issue 2012


Gainesville Sun Newspaper 10/28/2012


Garden & Gun Soul of the South, April/May 2012 -Mansion Hopping- Owning a grand estate may be a thing of the past, but staying in one has never been easier.


Herlong featured in article about Micanopy on The Travel Editor


Garden & Gun Soul of the South, Dec10/Jan11 Issue - Looking for the Florida that others miss? Look no farther than these hidden hot spots: HERLONG MANSION in Micanopy, Fl.


Florida Travel + Life Jan. 2011 Issue "Southern Charm- Find Old Florida. Stay at the Herlong Mansion for a dose of bygone elegance."


Country Living Feb. 2010 Issue "Everybody who visits wants to stay at the Herlong Mansion, so book early."


SouthernLiving.com - Herlong Mansion Inn at Christmas (includes Photos) 4/10


Miami Herald Says - " The place to stay is the regal Herlong Mansion " 4/09


Ocala.com - Inviting Inn - A short drive for a long visit to Micanopy’s Herlong Mansion, 8/08


Jacksonville Home & Hospitality, 4/08


National Geographic April 2008 Issue. " Sense of place...with the cadence of a lullaby, these three words neatly sum up the properties celebrated here."


Miami Herald, Innside Report, 1/08


Sunday New York Times, Travel Article, 11/07


Fed up conchs find haven in Micanopy, Orlando Sentinal, 10/07


Settle into a rocker at the Herlong Mansion, Palm Beach Post "Innside Report", 6/07


Finding True Florida, National Geographic Traveler, by Sheila Scarborough, May 2007


Where the living is easy: In Micanopy, Southern charm practically drips from the oaks. Slow down and drink it in. 5/6/07, St. Petersburg Times.


Along the St. John's River, A Slice of Old Florida, New York Times, 5/29/07


Paradise USA, from Travel & Leisure Magazine, 2/07


Recent Yahoo Travel Reviews


Gainesville Florida: More than Just Gators!, by Shady Hartshorne


Herlong Stories from Haunted Houses.Com


Welcome to Micanopy

Micanopy Visitors Center

Micanopy Shops & Antique Dealers


Turkey Creek Auctions, Inc.


The Shop in Micanopy


A soul-soothing getaway: Retreat to the Herlong Mansion, nestled in the 'Doc Hollywood' town of Micanopy, Palm Beach Post

Micanopy's Herlong Mansion:  A North Central Secret, by Lynn Seldon, Florida Magazine


Charm is Historic Micanopy's Stock and Trade, by Jan Godwon, Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

Old Stuff's The Best Stuff, by Larry Klinkenberg, St. Petersburg Times Online Floridian

Travel Getaways--Where to go:  Micanopy. Take a breather in this antiquing paradise, by Rebecca Manohey, Miami Herald.

Florida Getaways, Sun Sentinal, Ocala

Bed & Breakfast Reviews


Antiques & Arts Around Florida--Best Antiquing in North Central Florida

Micanopy The "Little Town that Time Forgot", Florida Secrets.Com

Paynes Prairie State Park

Romantic Weekends Northern and Central Florida (Guide Book) by Janet Groene & Gordon Groene (Hunter Publishing)


Micanopy Fall Festival

Micanopy Community Council for the Arts, Inc.

Micanopy Area Chamber of Commerce


 

University of FloridaGainesville -- Right Down the Road

 

Gainesville, home of the University of Florida, is just a short drive 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.

 

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. 

 

Easy US Interstate-75 access puts visitors less than a 30-minute drive from cycling, canoeing, hiking, camping, bird-watching, fishing, and 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

 

Gainesville Links

Gainesville Area Events Calendar

City of Gainesville

University of Florida Calendar of Events

Visit Gainesville.net

 

Day Trips: Less than a tank of gas drive (Below: Paynes Prairie) Photos by Carolyn West

Ocala

Located 30 miles south on 441 or I-75. Check out Silver Springs, Wild Waters, local horse farms for riding. Ocala National Forest also offers canoeing and swimming at various springs and rivers. Click here for Ocala & Area Visitor Information.


 

High Springs

Located 30 miles north on I-75.  High Springs has many antique shops and numerous springs, such as Ginnie Springs, for swimming canoeing, and rafting down SantaFe and Ichetucknee Rivers.

Cedar Key

Located one hour west on SR 24. Waterfront location offering seafood restaurants, shops, fishing, and boating. Click Here for the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce Page. Check out the Cedar Keyhole Gallery website.

 

McIntosh

 

Offers several antiques stores including Harvest Village antiques and cafe. Twenty miles north of Ocala  (and 5 miles South of the Herlong via US 441) on U.S. 441 near the Alachua County border is the city of McIntosh. A quaint, turn-of-the century village, McIntosh is on the shores of Orange Lake, so named for the grove of wild oranges which sprang, some say, from seeds discarded by Spanish explorers 400 years ago. Click here for Ocala & Area Visitor Information.


Welcome to our State Park!

Cross Creek

Located 9 miles SE on CR 346 from the Herlong.  Visit the historic home of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Yearling", which was the setting for several of Rawlings' books. Guided house tours are given every Thursday through Sunday. The park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Park is located between Ocala and Gainesville in Cross Creek, at 18700 S. CR 325. A great day trip!  Orange Lake and Lake Lochloosa also offer lots of great fishing.

 

10 Minutes from Gainesville

P.O. Box 667, 402 N.E. Cholokka Boulevard
Micanopy, Florida 32667
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1-800-437-5664


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