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Monticello courthouse in Jefferson County, FLHistoric building in Monticello, FLRodeo rider carrying flagConoeing in Jefferson County FloridaAnnual bike ride during Watermelon FestivalPeople sitting in rockers on a front porchArts & Crafts during Watermelon FestivalSmall town people saying Pledge of AllegienceWagon Wheel storefront in Monticello, FLWatermelon Festival Queens 2017

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Welcome to
Jefferson County and Monticello, Florida

Heritage Roads Program - Jefferson County Florida

Stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the State of Georgia, Jefferson County is called Florida’s Keystone County. Jefferson County is located between two large and exciting communities: Tallahassee, Florida and Thomasville, Georgia. Accessible by the Florida-Georgia Parkway, Interstate 10 and other major roads, Jefferson County is a small, quiet and relaxing community.

Our pre-history is also preserved in our archeological sites. Our ecological offerings are majestic. Pristine rivers and streams, hunting and fishing preserves, vast woodlands and plantations offer a spectacular and unique identity to Jefferson County. Canoeing, kayaking, bird-watching and horseback riding are popular pastimes.

Jefferson County is one of the only counties remaining in Florida with NO stoplights. At the same time, exciting activities play an important community role. The Watermelon Festival is in its 66th year – running strong. The historic Monticello Opera House hosts a yearlong parade of plays and musical events in the 1890 theater.

Jefferson County is served by charming bed and breakfast inns, country cabins and more modern hotels and motels. Camping sites and RV parks are also available. Numerous restaurants with the “hometown atmosphere” are ready to serve.

Jefferson County welcomes you in a special “southern” way. Come visit us. Relax, prop your feet up and sit a spell.

Travel, For the Birds – Top Bird Watching Hot Spots in Jefferson County Florida

January 30, 2019

American White Ibis

The moderate climate in Jefferson County allows for year-round outdoor recreational activities. For the birdwatcher looking for a glimpse of a roseate spoonbill, swallow-tailed kite or the Florida burrowing owl, our offerings are abundant. The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail is a network of wildlife viewing sites across the state consisting of 510 premier … Read More

From Sea to Tree – Jefferson County Florida is a Birder’s Paradise

January 23, 2019

Photo of egrets by the Mayhaw Pond at Golden Acres Ranch

In the world of ornithology, the scientific study of birds, I would be considered a birdwatcher since I enjoy watching the wild birds on my property. My sister, however, is considered a birder, or someone who has made a hobby out of bird watching, bird listing or other activities involving bird life. Since moving to … Read More

Small Town Shopping “With a Purpose”

December 17, 2018

Photo of Two Sisters ~ New Beginning shop in Monticello, FL

By shopping in Monticello, Florida, you are helping to preserve a part of Florida’s history and its future! Call it “shopping with a purpose.” If you live here, Shop Local! If you’re coming to visit, go home with something unique, natural and full of purpose. …Read more