Lake Butler, Florida

Lake Butler, Florida

Lake Butler is the county seat of Union County in North Central Florida and is home to just two thousand people. Almost one third of the population is of African American origin and when compared with the rest of the state the residents have a lower level of education and income. The community was named in honor of Col. Robert Butler, who represented the United States in Spain’s 1821 cession of East Florida.

Lake Butler
An aerial view over massive Lake Butler Lake located in North Florida with a beautiful display if plant life growth and dense forest lining. File photo: Mathew Cowger, Shutter Stock, licensed.

About The Community

The New River Public Library Cooperative looks after the literary needs of the population. People borrow books, audio and use internet services within the library. The North Florida Reception Center is located here and is the largest private sector employer of Union County with over a thousand employees. The most popular venue for recreation is the Lakeside Park. Swimming, Boating and other water sports are popular. There are tennis courts in the park as well.


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Noon time Aerial drone view over solar farm collecting green renewable energy for small rural town of Lake Butler Florida in dense forest.
Noon time Aerial drone view over solar farm collecting green renewable energy for small rural town of Lake Butler Florida in dense forest. File photo: Mathew Cowger, Shutter Stock, licensed.

Lake Butler has a large hospital, the Lake Butler Hospital that provides 24-hour emergency services, outpatient/inpatient services, swing bed services, and respite care services to Union County and surrounding areas. The hospital has an excellent reputation in providing quality healthcare. The Lake Butler Hospital and its Ramadan Hand Institute specializes in hand surgery. The Hand Surgery Center leads in the treatment of hand injuries and diseases in Lake Butler, Gainesville, Lake City, Palatka and the surrounding areas and functions as a referral center.


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The Rural Health Clinic of the city functions from the Lake Butler Hospital/Hand Surgery Center. The Lake Butler Family and Pediatric Clinic devoted to treatment, care, health and wellbeing. There are units for Pediatrics, Adult Medicine, Women’s Health, and Geriatrics.


Vicinity of Lake Butler


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Originally known as the Old Drugstore, the Townsend-Green building in the heart of the city, built in the early 1900s, served as the Union County Courthouse. A fire in 1983 gutted the building and it laid vacant for many years. In an interesting project, community activists undertook its renovation and used the state inmates of the North Florida Reception Center in Lake Butler to work on it.

Union County Historical Museum
Originally known as the Old Drugstore, the Townsend-Green building in the heart of the city, built in the early 1900s, served as the Union County Courthouse. Photo credit: Union County Historical Museum.

Local prison inmates helped to restore the classic brick walls and clear away debris. This project saved many dollars of taxpayer money. Townsend-Green Building is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It now serves as a museum of local history and is open each Monday from 9:00 AM to Noon.

Wooden fishing dock in Lake Butler Lake shore line surrounded by algae lilly pads and other water vegetation.
A wooden fishing dock in Lake Butler Lake shore line surrounded by algae Lilly pads and other water vegetation. File photo: Mathew Cowger, Shutter Stock, licensed.

Mike and Denise Brooks own Hug-N-Farm in Lake Butler, a petting zoo that is a great favorite with the local children. Years ago, the two both quit their day jobs and devoted all their time and energy into the petting zoo business. This grew to be hugely popular with children and was included in school programs and daycare programs.

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