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Chattahoochee is located on a high bluff overlooking the Apalachicola River and Lake Seminole. Narrow, scenic neighborhood roads dip and curve, and ultimately find their way to the Apalachicola River. The Apalachicola runs from Chattahoochee to the Gulf of Mexico and yields catfish, bream, bass, and mullet. River Road Scenic Drive offers a view of Lake Seminole and the rural North Florida landscape as it runs along State Road 271. Chattahoochee is a favorite stop for outdoor enthusiasts, whether they are fisherman, hikers, kayakers, birders or wildlife watchers.
Chattahoochee was established as a ferry landing on the Apalachicola River during the 1820s and was originally known as Mount Vernon. Prior to that time, the site had already served as a major landmark during Florida (pre)history. Chattahoochee is the site of the Chattahoochee Landing Mounds, a major Fort Walton era (Mississippian) mound group. It was also the site of Nicholls' Outpost, one of only two British forts built in Florida during the War of 1812. The Apalachicola River, which flows past the mounds, was the site of a major battle of the First Seminole War. The Chattahoochee Arsenal, completed in 1839, was Florida's only US Arsenal during the Antebellum Era, and was used by the U.S. War Department from the early 1800’s through the Civil War. This "City on a Hill" grew to become a thriving riverboat port during the height of paddlewheel and steamboat traffic on the Apalachicola River. Many of the historic structures along Washington Street (Highway 90) date from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Today, Chattahoochee is emerging as a unique heritage and eco-tourism destination. It has classic small town Southern charm and is a perfect fit for tourists looking for a cultural/heritage getaway. Its parks highlight both natural and cultural history and include nationally recognized blueway and greenway trails. Heritage Park, in the heart of downtown at 400 West Washington Street (Hwy 90) has a picturesque fountain, gazebo and benches. Also located in the park is a Norfolk Southern Railroad caboose, and a mural painted by a well-known local artist, the late Von Tipton, that depicts the Chattahoochee’s river heritage and features the John W. Callahan steamboat. As well, the city is home to the Jim Woodruff Dam, the largest dam in Florida, and backs up to Lake Seminole, which is a world-renowned bass fishing lake. Chattahoochee is the "gateway" to the Apalachicola River, a nationally recognized river and Blueways paddling trail.
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Greensboro has a rich history that could very well lead to a prosperous future for Gadsden County’s smallest incorporated municipality. As 2008 marked the 100th birthday for Greensboro, the small town was hard at work enhancing its community. The Town Beautification Committee, made up of volunteers, improved landscaping along State Road 12 and around various town buildings. The parks include features such as a tennis court, basketball courts and playground facilities for young children. The agricultural community boasts tomatoes as its primary crop, and is also home to Hackney Nursery, a leading grower of woody ornamental shrubbery.
The Town of Gretna is located just 3 miles west of Quincy on U.S. 90. In addition to its historic churches and beautiful old live oak trees, it is also home to the Gretna Industrial Park. The park is located on State Road 12, only 1.5 miles north of Interstate 10
Historic Havana is one of Florida’s most unique villages. First settled in the earliest years of Florida’s development, it soon was driven by shade tobacco’s economic engine. The town was named after Havana, Cuba, for its renown as a high-quality tobacco growing and cigar making center. Although the town suffered a devastating fire in 1916, it rose from the ashes and today Havana is well known for furniture, boutiques, the arts, and of course cafes.
Havana is located on U.S. 27, just minutes north of Tallahassee and the I-10 interchange in eastern Gadsden County. Find out more about "Florida's Friendliest Small Town" at Town of Havana. Also, note that most shops and cafes in Havana open Wednesday through Sunday.
Folks have speculated that the name Midway was derived from its location of being midway between Pensacola and Jacksonville, or midway between Quincy and Tallahassee. In fact, in the 1800’s Midway was a bustling city named Salubrity. The early history of this intriguing city includes periods of Indian warfare and slavery. In 1835, Robert Meacham, the son of a slave and a Caucasian doctor in Salubrity, made what may be the first documented attempt to integrate public schools in Gadsden County. The attempt was unsuccessful, but his parents educated him at home, and he later made many contributions to the community. Meacham established many African Methodist Episcopal Churches in Florida, organized 2,000 freemen in Monticello, joined the Republican Party and was elected to the Florida State Senate, where he was responsible for passage of the Public Education Bill of 1869.
The Old Spanish Trail ran through Salubrity, and both stagecoaches and trains brought travelers to and from the town. By the 1900’s the town was known as Midway, home to a brickyard, a fuller’s earth mine, a prison camp, sawmills, lumber companies, a turpentine company, and various stores. Midway as we know it today was incorporated in 1986. Through the efforts of many, the community has come together to work towards preserving its historic integrity, and developing clean industry within the city.
Quincy was established in 1828 and prospered until the Civil War, when its wealth as an agricultural center waned. Eventually the tobacco culture revived with the development of “shade” tobacco around the turn of the century, and that industry dominated the county for nearly 80 years. Along with tobacco, Quincy’s history will be forever aligned with Coca-Cola. In 1907, a Coca-Cola bottling plant was located near downtown Quincy. Also at the turn of the century, Quincy State Bank President M. W. “Pat” Munroe thought Coca-Cola was a well-managed company and would prosper, because people would always want a cold drink. He encouraged patrons of the bank to invest in the fledgling company, which resulted in scores of “Coca-Cola Millionaires”. Many of those residents’ homes can be seen on a walking tour of Quincy’s 36-block nationally-registered historic district.
Quincy, the county seat, is located in the middle of Gadsden County. Quincy is the center of county business and government. The courthouse square has been used continuously since 1827 as a site for both government and commerce. As well, the town has been working hard to preserve its historic significance. A visit to the charming Quincy Historic District offers an opportunity to enjoy the interesting architectural details of the antebellum and turn of the century buildings.
Quincy is also home to the Quincy Music Theatre located in the Leaf Theatre, and the Gadsden Arts Center, located directly on the courthouse square. In 1996 Quincy was named an All-American City. In 1997 the Legislature of Florida officially designated State Road 12, which runs through Quincy, as Gadsden County’s North Florida Art Trail. This scenic drive wind s through the picturesque north Florida countryside and links together the rich cultural heritage of Gadsden County.
Last, you can get in and out of town via the Quincy Municipal Airport which has been in operation since 1932. It is now owned by the Quincy Gadsden Airport Authority and has grown to 75 hangers serving surrounding counties. The Airport is located on Highway 12, just northeast of Quincy on the currently developing bypass route. It has a single 2,964 feet by 75 feet paved runway that uses low intensity edge lighting. Both ends of the runway have displaced thresholds for landing. The full length of the paved surface is available for takeoff in both directions. There are no paved taxiways. There is a lighted windsock and a rotating beacon near the airport’s terminal building on the east side of the runway. 100 Low Lead Aviation Gasoline is available near the terminal and maintenance is available on the field. Running parallel to the paved runway, the turf area to the east is an unofficial turf runway. This area is used by ultralights, gliders, skydivers, homebuilt aircraft, helicopters and occasionally regular aircraft during normal operations. There is a VOR (Very High Frequency Omni Directional Radio Range) approach navigation system off the Seminole (SZW) VOR near Tallahassee as well as a GPS approach navigation system
The Airport is home to the School of Human Flight, the only United States Parachute Association Member drop zone in the Florida panhandle. Extensive parachute operations take place at the Airport. The Airport’s location near the new Quincy bypass should improve transportation linkages. It is expected to see increased traffic flows and business opportunities over time.