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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.

Haunted Trails & Ghostly Tales

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

A Welcome Detour from Life in the Fast Lane

Orlando Sentinal’s Travel correspondent Nancy Moreland speaks highly of Jefferson County and Monticello in a recent article in Visit Natural North Florida. “There’s a whiff of wisteria on the breeze as you stroll past the antebellum homes and gracious gardens of Monticello. Pausing under a centuries-old oak, you admire sunlight filtering through the Spanish moss … Read More

Dock-to-Table Destinations for Shellfish in Florida’s Big Bend

A new article about our Big Bend Shellfish Trail has been published by Nancy Moreland, a member of the Society of American Travel Writers. Among features of the other counties along the trail, Moreland describes Jefferson County’s sliver of coastline, Monticello and Rev Cafe. As David Ward, a long-historied citizen of Jefferson County, says in … Read More