City Website: cityofhawthorne.net
City Hall Address: 6700 SE 221st St., Hawthorne, FL 32640
Mayor: Matthew Surrency
Contact: (352) 481-2432
Just 15 miles east of Gainesville and just home to over 1,500 people, in what can only be described as an Old Florida community, Hawthorne is a timeworn railroad town. The town evolved from a settlement established around 1840, and the city was incorporated in 1881. This quaint town was once home to Bo Diddley, one of the early pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll, after whom the Bo DiddleyPlaza in Gainesville is named.
Surrounded by lakes and woodlands, Hawthorne holds plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. It is home to the Gainesville-Hawthorne trail’s eastern trailhead and the Lochloosa trail. The Gainesville-Hawthorne eastern trailhead ends two blocks before the Hawthorne Historical Museum, and the Cultural Center on Main Street displays sentimental pieces of Hawthorne’s history. The city is home to two major schools, Shell Elementary and Hawthorne High School. It is also home to multiple clubs and organizations, including The Lion’s Club and The Woman’s Club. Hawthorne is located on the eastern edge of Alachua County, and U.S. 301 and Hawthorne Road (State Route 26) intersects the city.
The Yearling Restaurant
Location: 14531 E CR 325 Hawthorne, Fl. 32640-8318
Phone: (352) 466-3999
Cuisine: American and Southern Restaurant
Dianne’s Old Time Barbecue
Location: 6707 SE Hwy 301 Hawthorne, Fl. 32640
Phone: (352) 481-3305
Cuisine: Casual Family Barbecue
PJ’s Café & Catering
Location: 6005 SE Hwy 301 Hawthorne, Fl. 32640
Phone: (352) 481-4801
Cuisine: Breakfast & Lunch served daily
Location: 6005 SE Hawthorne, Fl. 32640
Phone: (352) 481-2232
Cuisine: Italian & Pizza
Location: 6505 SE US Hwy 301 Hawthorne, Fl. 32640
Phone: (352) 481-4655
Cuisine: Serving Lunch & Dinner
Southern Butts BBQ
Location: 6850 SE US Hwy 301, Hawthorne, FL 32640
Phone: (386) 684-1414
Cuisine: Barbecue Cuisine and Food Truck
Island Grove Wine Company Tasting House
Location: 21848 S CR 325, Island Grove, FL
Phone: (352) 481-1012
Hours: M-F 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
Location: 18700 S CR 325, Cross Creek, FL 32640
Phone: (352) 466-3672
Description: Visitors can tour 1930s farm life where Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings lived and worked in the tiny community of Cross Creek including her cracker style home and farm where she wrote “The Yearling.”
Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Gainesville – Hawthorne Trail
Location: 3300 SE 15th St. Gainesville, FL 32641
Description: Enjoy 16 miles of paved trail from the city of Gainesville through Hawthorne – perfect for biking, walking and horseback riding.
Hawthorne Chamber of Horrors
(the final Saturday in October)
Locations: 6000 SE 205th St. Hawthorne, FL 32640
Phone: (352) 363-5125
Cowboy Eddie’s Arena
Description: Family-owned and operated rodeo, bull riding and team sorting venue.
Location: 22107 E County Road 1474 Hawthorne, FL 32640
Phone: (321) 288-1790
five miles south of Hawthorne
Description: 6,000 acres in area – surrounded by Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area. Public boat ramp, popular fishing site – bluegill, redear sunfish and warmouth.
Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area
Description: More than 11,000 acres of pine plantations and water oak and live oak ridges that provide a natural habitat for bald eagles, osprey and wading birds. Eighteen listed species live within the area including Florida black bear, fox squirrel, eastern indigo snake, wood stork and sandhill crane. Enjoy fishing, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing and boating.
Beer Bellies Bar
Featuring A Perfect Pie Pizza
Location: 20003 SE Hawthorne Road Hawthorne, FL 32640
Phone: (352) 358-8008
Cuisine: Pizza, wings, burgers, salads – pool and much more!
Hours: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Island Grove Wine Company
Location: 21848 S CR 325 Hawthorne, FL 32640
Phone: (352) 481-1012
Hours: M-F 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Blue Star Nursery
Location: 8115 SE US Hwy 301 Hawthorne, FL 32640-7536
Phone: (352) 481-3300
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Description: Garden Center & Recreation.
Rodents on the Road
Location: 300 E Cowpen Lake Road Hawthorne, FL 32640
Phone: (352) 481-4145
Description: Breeding top quality feeder rodents. Buffalo Exchange
Location: 6065 SE US Hwy 301 Hawthorne, FL 32640
Phone: (352) 481-0010
Description: Specializing in antiques, vintage painted furniture and collectibles.
Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Hawthorne Square Shopping Center
Location: 6005 US Hwy 301 Hawthorne, FL 32640