Christmas Tour of Homes in Monticello, FL, 2016

CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES in MONTICELLO, FLORIDA

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

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Jefferson County’s Aucilla River

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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.

Exterior, Daffodale House  Interior, Daffodale House

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.

Entrance Cottage B & B

Venetian Gardens Romeo & Juliet Room

The Cottage

Martha & Jean Michel, Proprietors

295 West Palmer Mill Road

Monticello, FL 32344

1 (866) 342-3541

 

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