Just 20 miles west of Florida’s bustling capital, Tallahassee is Quincy, the county seat of Gadsden County. The beautiful historic town was named for John Quincy Adams. Settlers started living in the region soon after the United States acquired the Territory of Florida from Spain in 1821.
About The Community
Quincy was an agricultural community and tobacco was the main crop until the 1970s, when the industry declined. Since then they grow tomatoes, landscape nursery plants, and pine trees. Today almost 7000 people live here and nearly 65% are of African American origin. For decades, Quincy has earned the nickname “the Coca Cola town.” In the 1920s, Mark W. Munroe, president of The Quincy State Bank, advised his family and friends to invest in a little-known company called Coca Cola. They all became millionaires.
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National Register Historic District of Quincy is a 36-block downtown area. The courthouse square has been a site for both government and commerce since 1827. Wander through the town and enjoy the beautiful architecture, the excellent stained and leaded glass of the antebellum, and turn of the century houses. Admire local art at several art galleries. The Quincy Music Theatre is the largest community theater in Florida specializing in musicals. Located in the Historic District, the theater hold exciting events regularly. The Gadsden Arts Center has a fine collection of artworks in various media, by regional and local artists and organizes shows throughout the year.
Vicinity of Quincy
Quincy was named an All-America City in 1996. In 1997, the Legislature of Florida officially designated State Road 12 as Gadsden County’s North Florida Art Trail that winds through the picturesque countryside. The medical needs of the local population are looked after by Gadsden Community Hospital. It is one of the centers of The North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC), a large and diverse unit of UF/IFAS. A statewide plant disease diagnostic laboratory is run here for a wide range of crops, vegetables, ornamentals, tree fruits, and forestry. The research and extension efforts include production and management, pest management, nutrient management, irrigation management and weed control.
The Golf Club of Quincy has a par 72 18-hole course set in a heavily wooded area and features many sand bunkers, fast greens and great scenery. It is near Holiday Inn Express Quincy, a budget hotel with an outdoor pool. Other attractive B&Bs include Allison House Inn in the heart of the historic district of Quincy. It reminds one of an English country manor with its British antiques.
Millstone Farms Bed and Breakfast is a working cattle farm that offers antique furnished rooms with private baths, a country breakfast, and a restful atmosphere. Relax on the porch, stroll through landscaped gardens, or hike the nearby wooded trails. McFarlin House is a Victorian Queen-Anne house listed on the National Registry. This lovely house has ornately carved woodwork and mantles from France, stained window pieces, pressed ceilings, exquisite staircase and a Southern wrap-around porch. The rooms have private bathrooms, cable TV, telephones and AC. Some rooms even have fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs.