Jasper, Florida

Jasper, Florida

Jasper is the seat of government of Hamilton County and is proud of its history and heritage. This two square mile town with a population of around four thousand has an equal percentage. Hamilton County in North Florida has a nickname of the peninsula within a peninsula because it has the Suwannee River to the east and south, the Withlacoochee to the west.

A sign marks the site and history of the former Florida Branch Railroad on which this walking and cycling trail is built. Jasper, Florida,
A sign marks the site and history of the former Florida Branch Railroad on which this walking and cycling trail is built. Jasper, Florida, May 17, 2019. Editorial credit: Jen Wolf / Shutterstock.com, licensed.

About the Community

Residents obviously love the simple life that was the lifestyle of original Florida and are proud to preserve it. Though there is some agriculture most of the local employment is non-farming. The children study at the Hamilton County High School and the local primary and secondary schools. The congregation prays at the local Bible Baptist Church. The Trinity Community Hospital looks after the medical needs of the residents and others from Hamilton County. The city is proud of its sports stars; Jasper is the birthplace of Alex Brown the 2005 NFL player for the Chicago Bears. NBA player for the Dallas Mavericks, Marquis Daniels was also born here.



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A talk radio station occupies a tiny building on the edge of a public park in the center of town along U.S. Route 41. Jasper
A talk radio station occupies a tiny building on the edge of a public park in the center of town along U.S. Route 41. Jasper, Florida, May 17, 2019. Editorial credit: Jen Wolf / Shutterstock.com, licensed.

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The Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce applied for and won the designation of the first countywide Main Street USA in Florida. Local recreation facilities include five baseball fields, two tennis courts, three soccer fields, two handball courts, and the rodeo arena in Jasper. Gibson Park, on the banks of the Suwannee River, offers rustic camping fishing, and canoeing.

A few shops struggle to stay open between empty buildings in a once-booming downtown business district along U.S. Route 41.
A few shops struggle to stay open between empty buildings in a once-booming downtown business district along U.S. Route 41. Jasper, Florida, May 17, 2019. Editorial credit: Jen Wolf / Shutterstock.com, licensed.

Another local attraction is the Historic Museum at the Old Jail, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built-in 1893 this two-story fireproof brick, steel, and concrete structure was also home to the Sheriff and his family. Photographs of the last legal hanging East of the Mississippi are on display. This was Hamilton County’s only jail, in use 1984. The Old Jail allows visitors to walk through the area where Hamilton County housed and hanged its prisoners.

A two-story mid-century modern home sits in a landscaped setting of sculptured shrubs, palm trees, picturesque rocks and a manicured green lawn.
A two-story mid-century modern home sits in a landscaped setting of sculptured shrubs, palm trees, picturesque rocks and a manicured green lawn. Jasper, Florida, May 17, 2019. Editorial credit: Jen Wolf / Shutterstock.com, licensed.

New stores are opening in Jasper. Rings and Things is a full-service jewelry store that offers in-house and catalog showroom sales to meet the demands of the community in terms of choice and budget. The staff help customers with jewelry education, consulting, and free layaway. The store also sells computers, custom-designed systems for students, game enthusiasts, and small business operations. The Days Inn Jasper is a newly renovated property with a picnic area on the site for the whole family to enjoy.

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