U.S. Highway 301, the most direct route between Jacksonville and Gainesville, passes right through the heart of Starke. Consequently, the town is often referred to as a bedroom community for the two larger cities, which doesn’t necessarily mean that’s all the town has to offer.
Hampton Lake Bed & Breakfast is located just outside Starke. While many of our Starke, FL bed and breakfast guests are here for happenings in Gainesville or Jacksonville, they soon discover that Starke has its own set of attractions.
History of Starke, FL
Starke, FL is the Bradford County seat, with a population of around 5,400. The town was officially established in 1857 when a railroad line connecting Fernandina to Cedar Key was built. Since Starke was the midpoint, trains regularly stopped here for refueling and other reasons.
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