Micanopy FL, a tiny town 12 miles south of Gainesville, is more than meets the eye. Not only is it Florida’s oldest, continually inhabited inland settlement, with 38 buildings on the National Historic Register, it’s also an antiquers paradise and served as backdrop for two major motion pictures.
Micanopy (Mick-ah-NO-pee) may be exceedingly small, with a one square mile footprint and just under 650 residents, but it’s also Old Florida at its best.
Massive live oaks draped in Spanish moss shade turn-of-the-century buildings housing antiques shops, gift shops, and outdoor cafes. In fact, nearly all of Micanopy is a historic district.
The town, named after the Seminole chief of the Second Seminole War, started out as an Indian trading post in 1821. While much of the town had to be rebuilt after the Second Seminole War in the 1830s, those buildings are now on the National Register of Historic Places.
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