ABOUT EACH OF THE MUNICIPALITIES IN ALACHUA COUNTY
NEWBERRY TO GAINESVILLE:
The City of Newberry’s Easton Newberry Sports Complex is one of only 10 programs across the United States to be designated by the United States Olympic Committee as a Community Olympic Development Center for Archery!
ARCHER TO GAINESVILLE:
Grammy Award Winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Bo Diddley lived the last years of his life in Archer, Florida! Diddley and his signature style helped lay the foundation of what we know as rock and roll today. He has been credited by several massively popular artists, including The Beatles, Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley for his influence on their success.
ALACHUA TO GAINESVILLE:
Alachua, Florida is widely known for its joyful Hare Krishna residents. Alachua’s Hare Krishna community was recently named the largest in all of the western hemisphere!
MICANOPY TO GAINESVILLE:
Micanopy is Florida’s self-proclaimed antiques capital. The history of Micanopy has been preserved incredibly well, as seen in various parts of the town like the Coca Cola mural on the Thrasher Warehouse, circa 1930!
HIGH SPRINGS TO GAINESVILLE:
For the past 44 years, High Springs has held the “Pioneer Days” festival. Festival goers are greeted annually with over 100 booths and vendors as well as live historical reenactments, music and performances!
LaCROSSE TO GAINESVILLE:
LaCrosse, Florida is known as the “Potato District” of Florida!
WALDO TO GAINESVILLE:
In the 1870s, northern newspapers would advertise Waldo as a “Winter Playground.” Tourists would travel by railroad on vacation to Waldo regularly, staying at the Waldo Hotel, going to the opera and enjoying the wonderful sights around the city!
HAWTHORNE TO GAINESVILLE:
Among its vast history of agricultural endeavors, Hawthorne, Florida was once known as the lima bean capital of the world!
Gainesville is famously known for its music scene – artists and bands such as Don Felder and Bernie Leadon of the Eagles, as well as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers called Gainesville home for many years. Hollywood actor River Phoenix also joined in Gainesville’s rock and roll scene in the 1980s with his band “Aleka’s Attic!”