Visit Historic Jefferson County

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See it. Do it. Love it.

Welcome to
Jefferson County and Monticello, 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.

No Lines, No Crowds, No Hassles – Welcome to Monticello!

December 10, 2018

Historical marker for Monticello, Florida

If you crave the hubbub of midtown Manhattan, don’t come to Monticello. Come here for a slower pace of life; a place where you can walk the streets without getting bumped and jostled, where the many, small, shop owners welcome you with a smile and you’re free to stay as long as you want. …Read more

Connecting Families Around the Dinner Table

December 5, 2018

Family gathered at the table for a photograph

Famous throughout the south for their fresh, custom-cut meats, a trip to Johnston’s Meat Market is a trip back in time. Still serving visitors, sportsmen and local folks since 1926, this landmark is hard to miss just west of the Courthouse roundabout on Hwy. 90. This Old-Fashioned Country Store sign reads, “Enter as strangers, leave as friends,” and it’s true. …Read more

Haunted Trails & Ghostly Tales

September 25, 2018

Linda Schuyler Ford leading a Haunted Tour

Monticello has a reputation for being the most haunted small town in the American South. It is home to Indian Mounds and many historic buildings, including the Perkins Opera House (now the Monticello Opera House) and the Monticello Old Jail Museum. Many of these places have a history that ‘haunts’ the present. Many a superstitious … Read More