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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.

From Bull-Riding to Barrel Racing, the Watermelon Festival Rodeo Returns

June 7, 2019

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The Watermelon Festival Rodeo is taking place Friday and Saturday June 7th and 8th at the Jefferson Extension Arena. Come prepared for an energetic evening as events will include Barrel Racing, Bull-riding, Tie Down & Team Roping, Girls Breakaway Calf Roping, and Chute Dogging. Tickets may be purchased at the gate, however, only cash will … Read More

New York Bagels and Coffee Ice Cubes: Electric City Wheels and Grinds

May 31, 2019

Electric City Wheels & Grinds Storefront in Monticello, FL

You can get a good bagel in Monticello – a really good one, too. I know my bagels: I prepare dozens of bagel and cream cheese sandwiches each year at the Jewish Food and Cultural Festival in Tallahassee. So you can trust me. When it comes to bagels, I wouldn’t steer you wrong. So what … Read More

Annual Florida Festival Returns for 69th Year

May 10, 2019

Our Town - 69th Annual Watermelon Festival Monticello, FL

The Monticello-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 69th Annual Watermelon Festival. The three-weekend festival is sure to keep you entertained during the month of June. “Our Town,” is the theme for the Florida festival’s 69th occasion. Even if you’ve attended this festival in the past, there are some events you’ll not want to … Read More