Thursday, April 24, 2014

Self Guided Walking Tour of Monticello, Florida

Heading home after a visit with our son and his family we took a side trip to visit the town of Monticello. I've seen the sign for this historic town many times but we've never taken the time to visit. I was happy that we did take the time on this trip.

At the Chamber of Commerce we found a brochure for a tour that could be made on foot or in the car. Of course we took the foot route.  I forgot to take a water bottle that I could carry with me but I thought we'd find a place to stop for a cool drink if needed. Wrong! Nothing is open in this quaint little town on Sunday afternoon. Fortunately most of the walk was in the shade so we didn't suffer too badly.



We stopped by the Chamber on Commerce 420 W. Washington Street to pick up a map of the walking tour.
The Chamber of Commerce is located in a cute little converted church. Even though it was closed on Sunday the maps are located in a stand at the front door. 

Monticello Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce



Monticello Opera House was built in 1890 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. 



The walking tour took us by several churches. This is the most interesting one (in my opinion:-)
Christ Episcopal Church located on High Street was built in 1885. 


Interesting details on this building. Lots of intricate woodwork and beautiful stain glass windows. The woodwork sets it apart from other Episcopal Churches built around this time. 





Anytime a walk includes a cemetery I'm happy. Weird but true...

City Cemetery 

(1827)

There are many early settlers of this area laid to rest here as well as Union and Confederate Soldiers.



Next time we see an interesting sign we won't wait so long to check it out! 


Get off the main road lace up and start walking!





10 comments:

  1. I agree the wooden church is very striking. I have a graveyard featured this week.

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    1. Thank you for stopping I'll be over to check out your post.

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  2. Get off the main road, that's my motto!

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    1. That how you can find the most interesting things!

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  3. Thanks for sharing your walk. That Episcopal Church was very cute.

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  4. Nice churches and I would love to visit the cemetery

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    1. It was a lovely town with several churches.This was my favorite.

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  5. gorgeous area, enjoy both the church & cemetery - had no clue Monticello was n Florida as well as n VA. ( ;

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    1. There's also a Monticello in Georgia!

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