Nestled along the eastern border of Alachua county, Hawthorne, Florida, is a quaint town known historically for its agriculture, railroad and rural lifestyle. Hawthorne is in close proximity to 400 lakes in the area, making it a prime spot for hunting, biking and fishing. Previously known as Jamestown, the town was settled in 1834 and incorporated in 1881 by the Florida state legislature. Notable past neighbors have included music legend Bo Diddley and NFL player Cornelius Ingram.
Hawthorne’s many lakes, its biking and hiking trails and Little Orange Creek Nature Park are perfect for the active visitor, providing ample opportunities to hunt, fish, bike, hike or even just hang out in the beautiful serene scenery. For those seeking a less active visit, the Hawthorne Historical Museum and Civic Center will provide a more simple, laid-back trip. Civic amenities include a handsome public library, a well-appointed health and wellness center, a Cultural Center in the former and historic City Hall, two major schools – Shell Elementary and Hawthorne Middle High School – and local beloved restaurants, where heartwarming home recipes and southern hospitality are always on the menu.
CITY HALL ADDRESS
6875 SE 221st St., Hawthorne, FL 32640
MAYOR CITY MANAGER
Matt Surrency Ellen Vause
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