Hamilton County

At a glimpse.

 

 

Hamilton County is located in North Central Florida along the Georgia Line and is the first county in Florida if you are traveling Interstate-75 South.  Hamilton County is home to Jasper, White Springs, and Jennings.  

 

Hamilton County is the only county in Florida that doesn't touch the rest of Florida, on the east and south it is bordered by the Suwannee River and on the west side it is bordered by the Withlacoochee River. The mysterious Alapaha River also runs through the county from north to south.  It is in Hamilton County that the Alapaha River goes underground and for the most part the river bed is dry throughout the year. Needless to say, if you enjoy the river life this is the place to come.  

 

Jasper is the county seat and is the largest of the three incorporated towns.  The second oldest jail still in operational use in Florida is located in Jasper and is available for tours by appointment.  The Old Jail along with the First United Methodist Church are on the National Registry of Historical Places.  The Hamilton County Museum is also located in Jasper.  Here you can learn about Hamilton County from the times of the Micco Indians to how Hamilton County is today.  The Hamilton County Championship Rodeo is held here annually in May.

 

White Springs is the second largest town in Hamilton County and is the southernmost.  White Springs is the Original Tourist Attraction in Florida.  In the early 1800's pioneers and settlers can here to soak in the sulfur springs.  Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is located in White Springs. Stephen Foster is home to the Florida Folk Festival, the oldest folk festival in the United States.  The park's centerpiece is the Carillon Tower, this is the world's largest tubular bell instrument. Stephen Foster is also home to the first hub of the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail.  Visitors to White Springs can walk the Historic District that includes many historic homes, churches, and buildings from the town's intriguing past.

 

Jennings is the smallest of the three towns and is the northernmost town in Hamilton County.  Jennings is the heart of the County's agriculture industry.  With a rich history in cotton, timber, and turpentine. Jennings holds an Independence Day Celebration on July 3rd, of each year.  This is a day enjoyed by the entire family.  

 

Looking for a scenic take your time drive?  Then you will enjoy traveling Historic U.S. Highway 41.   U.S. Highway 41 starts at the Georgia/Florida line and continues through Hamilton County.  You will travel through all incorporated towns and will see many historic sites along the way.

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