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Monticello, FL

City Population: 2,572

County Population: 14,490

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Welcome to Monticello, Florida! Tallahassee's neighbor to the east and another historic community in our Metro. This city is named after the estate of President Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson County is also named in his honor. This city has a physical area of 3.4 square miles, the county is a total of 637 square miles. Jefferson County is the only county that boarders both Georgia and the Gulf of Mexico.

In this thread I'll try to bring you a sample of the Historic charms of this beautiful community, images of it's downtown, commercial buildings, Churches, government buildings, stores, and homes.

Please enjoy the pictures. Your pictures are also welcome, as well as your comments and questions. Thanks and enjoy! :)

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Downtown Monticello

It's like stepping back in time. Churches were very dominant downtown, as well as historic homes, and shops.

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A view of the Monticello Skyline from the East

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Monticello, FL Chamber of Commerce

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Edward Jones, Masonic Lodge Building

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Somewhat modern building decorated with Christmas Lights

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Street Decorated with Christmas lights also has some off-street parking.

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Other Significant Historic Buildings

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Highly regarded Historic Home

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This tin-roof home is all ready for the holidays!

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Homes with frontage Along Hwy 19.

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Jefferson County's Old Bones

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This home was well preserved. It also lied along Hwy 19.

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In this picture, the tree is the main feature! What a character!

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This pink wall features an imprint of angels.

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Parking area of a Bed & Breakfast

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Pink wall lines the side walk.

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When my wife and I first moved to Florida in the winter 1987, it was because I was offered to fill an emergency opening for a math teacher at Howard Middle School in Monticello, FL. I was already very familiar with Monticello because when I attended FSU my roomie grew up in Monticello in a large family and his parents still lived there. Many times we would spend weekends over there.

When we moved there, the only place we could find to live was a house east of Monticello on Ashville Highway. Even though Monticello is a very nice town, I just didn't care living there because I grew up in a small town like that and wanted to move to somewhere bigger so moving back to a small town (we briefly lived in Columbus, GA after graduating from college in 1986). Having to load up garbage bags in the trunk of the car to take to a dumpster about 5 miles away and having to take our laundry to the laundromat in town 10 miles away from the rental house grew very old, very quickly.

Anyway, with that being said, I have some photos that I uploaded to www.panoramio.com of Monticello and my collection of photos can be found at:

http://www.panoramio.com/user/1016490

Something all you community photographers may consider is uploading your photos to Panoramio.com which automatically makes them appear on Google map and also automatically puts them in review for possible addition to Google Earth. Many of mine have recently been accepted for Google earth and when they do their massive scheduled additions, they should then be visible on Google Earth. Due to the large number of photo submissions, it takes a couple of months for them to get reviewed but the guidelines/rules for the photos are pretty easy and most of mine were approved. I think it would be a great idea for all who have and are taking photos of the region for UrbanPlanet.org also upload them to Panoramio.

Also if you've never tried Google Earth, I strongly suggest downloading the program and take virtual trips to places around the world. It's really interesting to look at a smaller city that normally isn't a tourist destination (like Paris, London, Sydney, etc.) and looking at the pictures people uploaded. Same with towns and cities across the United States.

Anyway, it's something I believe is worth considering.

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When my wife and I first moved to Florida in the winter 1987, it was because I was offered to fill an emergency opening for a math teacher at Howard Middle School in Monticello, FL. I was already very familiar with Monticello because when I attended FSU my roomie grew up in Monticello in a large family and his parents still lived there. Many times we would spend weekends over there.

When we moved there, the only place we could find to live was a house east of Monticello on Ashville Highway. Even though Monticello is a very nice town, I just didn't care living there because I grew up in a small town like that and wanted to move to somewhere bigger so moving back to a small town (we briefly lived in Columbus, GA after graduating from college in 1986). Having to load up garbage bags in the trunk of the car to take to a dumpster about 5 miles away and having to take our laundry to the laundromat in town 10 miles away from the rental house grew very old, very quickly.

Anyway, with that being said, I have some photos that I uploaded to www.panoramio.com of Monticello and my collection of photos can be found at:

http://www.panoramio.com/user/1016490

Something all you community photographers may consider is uploading your photos to Panoramio.com which automatically makes them appear on Google map and also automatically puts them in review for possible addition to Google Earth. Many of mine have recently been accepted for Google earth and when they do their massive scheduled additions, they should then be visible on Google Earth. Due to the large number of photo submissions, it takes a couple of months for them to get reviewed but the guidelines/rules for the photos are pretty easy and most of mine were approved. I think it would be a great idea for all who have and are taking photos of the region for UrbanPlanet.org also upload them to Panoramio.

Also if you've never tried Google Earth, I strongly suggest downloading the program and take virtual trips to places around the world. It's really interesting to look at a smaller city that normally isn't a tourist destination (like Paris, London, Sydney, etc.) and looking at the pictures people uploaded. Same with towns and cities across the United States.

Anyway, it's something I believe is worth considering.

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Thanks for the tour FL. I love visiting Monticello from time to time. Their Courthouse and the round-about gives you such a "sense of place" for a small town. The Episcopal Church is also very interesting.

Did you notice all the palms in Monticello? They sure aren't afraid of them there. I've noticed them before when visiting and many of them are huge due to their age. The largest Sago I've ever seen is located just off 19N in front of an older home. It reaches the 2nd floor window.

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Thanks for the tour FL. I love visiting Monticello from time to time. Their Courthouse and the round-about gives you such a "sense of place" for a small town. The Episcopal Church is also very interesting.

Did you notice all the palms in Monticello? They sure aren't afraid of them there. I've noticed them before when visiting and many of them are huge due to their age. The largest Sago I've ever seen is located just off 19N in front of an older home. It reaches the 2nd floor window.

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Priority List for Monticello

The city is riddled with abandoned homes and junk cars making some places in the rural community an eyesore.

Austin's mission for 2008 is to clean up the place. "We should use our recourses with the city and county and have the fire department burn them as a training tool a lot of community do that."

Residents are hoping the city will work harder next year enforcing old laws to get owners to clean up their homes. Aggressive actions all to make the city a premiere place to live.

Source: WCTV.tv

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