Christmas Tour of Homes in Monticello, FL, 2016


Pearl Street in Monticello

Pearl Street in Monticello Florida

The 2016 Christmas Tour of Homes in the City of Monticello in Jefferson County Florida is on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 12:00 to 6:00 PM. This event includes a self-directed tour of nine (9) historic venues and is presented by the Monticello Area Historic Preservation Association.

The tour costs $15.00 and you can buy tickets in advance from Monticello/Jefferson Chamber and several other venues in the town of Monticello and Southern Friends Framing and Antiques in Thomasville.

The most fun however, will be to go to the Women’s Club building at 985 East Pearl Street (Monticello’s prettiest street). They not only have tickets for the tour, they have their famous holiday cakes and if you are hungry they also offer a light meal for sale. The sponsors of this event provide a phone number if you have questions – 850-997-6552.

This tour encompasses an area of Monticello that is often overlooked except by local residents. You will see several houses that are truly beautiful as well as interesting historically and culturally.

One other thing you should look for during the tour is the magnificent Monticello Avenue of Oaks. These wonderful trees are worth the tour alone. Ask someone to direct you when you visit the Women’s Club.

The tour sponsor, Monticello Area Historic Preservation Association, works with our Women’s Club, Monticello/Jefferson Chamber, Jefferson County Tourist Development Council and Main Street of Monticello to encourage the preservation of the treasured buildings in this tiny 1827 town.

Monticello’s tree lined streets are full of small and large historic homes, many dating from before the Civil War. They are an expression of the best of our culture and we welcome your visit.

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Located - Pearl and Jefferson

Located – Pearl and Jefferson

Jefferson County’s Aucilla River









By Anne Haw Holt


Today, in autumn, the river is dry under the Ashville Highway Bridge. In early spring I spent more than three quiet hours in the bow of a friend’s canoe, wandering among the channels, wide pools and small bays created by the overflow. I snapped photograph after photograph of water birds, the pale new leaves of rampant undergrowth and gently greening cypress forest.

In the hot Florida summer, from Lamont south to our landing near the lost town of “Cash Money” we paddled a wide, strong and full-flowing river. The water sometimes tumbled and rushed over rapids, cutting into high banks. We found fallen trees blocking our canoes, forcing a portage through the underbrush alongside the stream. Once we pushed lightened canoes across a partially submerged log. Wide-winged birds flew off into the forest at the sound of our paddles. The sun sparkled on water rippling over hidden stones and swirling around cypress knees.

The Aucilla disappears underground near Goose Pasture. Rushing, it dives into the depths of a limestone labyrinth for somewhere between four and five miles. The water intermittently surfaces through windows in the rock to create tiny ponds and graceful lakes, some with floating islands made of lily pads. The “Aucilla Sinks” are bordered by a well-known hiking trail.

Near Nutall Rise the water comes back to the surface where it is joined and augmented by the spring-fed Wacissa River. From there the Aucilla flows wide and deep to wander around Ward Island, curve into Apalachee Bay and race out into the Gulf of Mexico. On the far side of Apalachee Bay, hidden in the sawgrass, we found the narrow channel of the lost Pinhook River.



Bed & Breakfast Directory

The John Denham House– The Magnificent Mansion

Perhaps the most recognizable of the Bed and Breakfasts, the John Denham house is set apart by the beautiful cuppola that crowns the building. This mansion was built around the 1870’s. Visit their website here for more information.

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The John Denham House

Pat Inmon, Proprietor

555 West Palmer Mill Rd.

Monticello, FL 32344

(850) 997-4568

The Avera-Clarke House– The Southern Belle

Elegant in architecture and atmosphere, the Avera-Clarke house is sure to delight. This Victorian beauty has been lovingly remodeled by Gretchen and Troy Avera. Visit their website here for more information.

Avera-Clarke House, Exterior

French Country Bedroom, Avera-Clarke House Parlor, Avera-Clarke House

The Avera-Clarke House

Gretchen & Troy Avera, Proprietors

580 West Washington Street

Monticello, FL 32344

(850) 997-5007

The Daffodale House– The Paranormal Paradise

The Daffodale House, built in 1897, is said to be incredibly haunted, much to the delight of ghost hunters and paranormal enthusiasts. Flowers bloom in the estate’s garden and the rooms are large and tastefully decorated. Visit their website here for more information.

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The Daffodale House

Cathy & Scott Ebberbach, Proprietors

620 West Washington Street

Monticello, FL 32344

(850) 997-1111

The Cottage– The Designer’s Dream

The Cottage has a remarkable rating of 4.6-4.8 stars on all major travel websites. Themed rooms are the glory of this sprawling and beautiful establishment, exceeded only by its gardens, which are the most lavish of all the area Bed and Breakfasts’. No website is currently available.

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Venetian Gardens Romeo & Juliet Room

The Cottage

Martha & Jean Michel, Proprietors

295 West Palmer Mill Road

Monticello, FL 32344

1 (866) 342-3541


Monticello Stage Company Offers “Dearly Departed”

Dearly Departed Poster

The Play

Dearly Departed is a play that follows the antics of a dysfunctional Southern family following the death of their patriarch. When patriarch Bud passes, all sorts of family come out of the woodwork to make his funeral special. What ensues is a comedy of hilarious proportions with characters to match.

The women prepare to serve "dinner" at the viewing in Dearly Beloved. Dinner, unfortunately, involves questionable-looking corn dogs.

The women prepare to serve “supper” at the Daddy-Bud’s viewing in Dearly Beloved. Supper, unfortunately, involves questionable-looking corn dogs.

Monticello Stage Company member, Jan Williams reports that the actors are all doing an excellent job on this production. They have been rehearsing for several months, though “fortunately, there has been a lot going on at the Opera House.”

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“Unfortunately,” Williams continues, “that has not given us very much time to practice on set. We have very great actors—some of them are Stage Company veterans and some are new to us—and they are working well with whatever they’re given.” From adaptable, larger-than-life actors, believable and hilarious characters are born: this play is sure to be a must see.

She also praises the writers, David Botrell and Jesse Jones, for capturing the stereotype of Southern families. “If you’ve been in the South for any length of time or have met a Southern family, you’ll recognize the characters,” Williams laughs.

The Food

Catering is provided by local restaurant gem, Carrie Ann & Company.

Carrie Ann & Co.

The night’s meal will include Caesar salad, white chicken lasagna with mushrooms and fontina cheese, sautéed vegetables, rolls, and a tasty dessert of sour cream pound cake topped with whipped cream.

Carrie Ann & Company is a local restaurant with a café-style lunch including fresh salads and sandwiches and a pleasant atmosphere. Their dinners are delicious, hearty fare including local favorites like shrimp and grits, and more elaborate dishes from quiche to ham, herb-stuffed pork loin to crepes and everything in between. They also cater events.

Carrie Ann & Company is in the process of moving to the Mays House, an historic downtown home. The Mays House was built in 1922.

Carrie Ann & Company is in the process of moving to the Mays House, an historic downtown home. The Mays House was built in 1922.

When you visit Monticello, this is a must-visit dining experience. It is convenient, then, that they are catering Dearly Departed so that visitors might taste their delicious cuisine.

The Venue

The Monticello Opera House is nestled into the large brick building commonly known as the Perkins Block. John Perkins, a remarkable entrepreneur of Victorian Jefferson County, built the Perkins block in 1890.

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The building and Perkins’ businesses, which were operated out of the building, flourished for nearly a decade. Downstairs, Perkins sold general goods, sewing machine parts, farm implements, horses, carriages, and more.

Upstairs, the theatre crowned the building.

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This became a regular venue for local and traveling performers. It was popular, acoustically perfect, and the largest theater in the area. Perkins showed particular foresight in building the Perkins block, which thrived with much thanks to the tourists that flocked to the area. Perkins was able to capitalize on their business by providing for their needs.

The Perkins Block is generously sprinkled with Romanesque Revivalist style elements. These Corinthian columns that stand sentry along the front of the building are among these elements, which provided a cosmopolitan feel and showed off Perkins' wealth.

The Perkins Block is generously sprinkled with Romanesque Revivalist style elements. These Corinthian columns that stand sentry along the front of the building are among these elements, which provided a cosmopolitan feel and showed off Perkins’ wealth.

Unfortunately, Perkins could not have foreseen the tragedy that affected Jefferson County at the turn of the century: it was at that time the railroads were rerouted such that they bypassed Jefferson County and especially Monticello. Tourism went from a flood to a trickle, and even winter residents became less pervasive. This downturn was Perkins’ downfall—financially ruined by the large investment he put into the building and the lack of income from the razed tourism industry, Perkins business career was over. Fewer and fewer performers came to the venue and he eventually shut it down.

Since that time, the building has been used as a great number of things, including a movie theater, all with little success. In the 1970s, the dilapidated and abandoned Perkins Block was set to be put to the wrecking ball—and would have, but for a group of concerned citizens and public outcry against such a travesty.

It has since been restored and the Monticello Opera House Inc. was formed as a non-profit organization that facilitated and will continue to ensure the treatment and business of the historical landmark. Various local performing groups use it as a venue—the Monticello Acting and Dance Company, The Monticello Stage Company, and Southern Music Rising name only three of many.

The Night Away

Bed and Breakfasts are tastefully and lovingly decorated by the proprietors of the establishments-- forget boring and impersonal hotels.

Bed and Breakfasts are tastefully and lovingly decorated by the proprietors of the establishments– forget boring and impersonal hotels.

While a night out can be nice, busy parents and professionals need a night away sometimes—let Monticello be that place for you.

Convenient to Tallahassee residents, Monticello offers fine opportunities for food and entertainment and charming Bed and Breakfasts for a romantic night away. The Cottage, the Avera-Clarke House, and the John Denham House are just a few examples of the beautiful accommodations you will find in Monticello.

See our Directory Post of our local Bed and Breakfasts for more information about the luxurious accommodations Jefferson County has to offer!

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