Nestled away from the sandy beaches, and craziness of the tourists hides the true “Old Florida.” With majestic Oak trees heavily shrouded with Spanish Moss, Palmetto bushes, and Cypress Trees are little towns where time appears to have stopped. Micanopy, Florida is one of the many Old Florida towns in the north-central region of Florida. Within an hour’s drive from the hustle and bustle of Orlando, one can step back in time and reminisce of times past.
This hidden town was the backdrop for the well known movie Doc. Hollywood with Michael J. Fox. With a charming main street lined with antique shops and several cafes, Micanopy is a perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The Herlong Mansion Bed and Breakfast offers a full-service get-away destination that promises a romantic and peaceful home away from home.
Walking along Micanopy’s main street under the Oak trees and Spanish Moss, one almost feels like an explorer. The tropical vegetation engulfs you with their bright greens and silvery grays that mother nature painted them with.
In Micanopy’s ‘downtown’ area are wonderful antique shops and cafes. The Old Florida Cafe is a local favorite, while the adjacent Coffee n Cream offers ice cream and a resident cat that makes you wish you had his lifestyle.
Towards the north side of Main Street, Micanopy has a truly special museum that preserves the agricultural heritage of the area. The Micanopy Historical Society Museum is located in the Thrasher Warehouse that dates back to the late 1800’s. Old farming equipment is strewn along the garden and one can see how nature begins to reclaim its space.
Even though Micanopy has always been a very small town, there are several country churches that one can attend. The white church is known as the Church of the Mediator. First built in 1874 for the Presbyterians, the Episcopalians acquired the church in 1966.
My journey continued along the main street, enjoying the big and little views that this scenic town had to offer.