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Newnansville Town Site

 
 
Newnansville Town Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 20, 2013
1. Newnansville Town Site Marker


Inscription. At the end of 1824, Alachua County was organized as a political unit of the new Territory of Florida. The Seminole inhabitants of the Alachua region had recently been ordered to a reservation, and land was available there for white settlers. Early in 1826, a post office was established in this area called "Dell's P.O." It derived its name from the Dell brothers, who had first visited the Alachua region during the "Patriot War" (1812-14) and had later returned to settle there. In 1828, the settlement near Dell's P.O. was officially made the Alachua County seat and named "Newnansville" in honor of a Patriot War hero, Daniel Newnan. Newnansville became the junction of several important trails through frontier Florida. This marker stands on the site of the Bellamy Road, a cross-Florida route authorized by Congress in 1824 as the first federal road in the new territory. During the Second Seminole War (1835-42), hundreds of displaced refugee settlers were sheltered at Newnansville and also at Ft. Gilleland, a nearby military post built in 1836.
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After the hostilities were concluded, Newnansville prospered as a commercial center for the expading Middle Florida frontier. The chief products of the area were corn, cotton, and after the Civil War, citrus. Except for
Newnansville Town Site Marker, reverse side image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 20, 2013
2. Newnansville Town Site Marker, reverse side

a few years between 1832 and 1839, Newnansville served as the Alachua County seat until 1854. In that year, the political center of the county was moved to the new railroad town of Gainesville. During the next three decades, Newnansville slowly declined in population and importance. The community was dealt a final blow in 1884 when the Savannah, Florida and Western Railroad bypassed it. A new town, Alachua, grew up near that railroad. As the years passed, the residents of Newnansville moved there or elsewhere. By the 1970's only a few traces remained of the former community. In 1974, the Newnansville Town Site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places as an historic district in recognition of the importance of that nineteenth century community.
 
Erected 1976 by Alachua County Historical Commission in cooperation with Department of State. (Marker Number F-265.)
 
Location. 29° 48.228′ N, 82° 28.719′ W. Marker is in Alachua, Florida, in Alachua County. Marker is on Florida Route 235, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located between Hipp Way and NW 121st Terrace. Marker is in this post office area: Alachua FL 32615, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as
Newnansville Town Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 20, 2013
3. Newnansville Town Site Marker
the crow flies. Newnansville Methodist Church Site (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); City of Alachua (approx. 1.4 miles away); LaCrosse (approx. 5.2 miles away); LaCrosse, Florida (approx. 5.2 miles away); 1824 - The Bellamy Road - 1952 (approx. 6.2 miles away); American Legion Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.3 miles away); Railroading In High Springs (approx. 7.3 miles away); High Springs, Florida (approx. 7.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Alachua.
 
Regarding Newnansville Town Site. National Register of Historic Places:
Newnansville Town Site (added 1974 - - #74000608)
Also known as Fort Gilleland;Dell's;Alachua
Address Restricted , Alachua
♦ Historic Significance: Information Potential, Event, Person, Architecture/Engineering
♦ Architect, builder, or engineer: Unknown
♦ Architectural Style: Other
♦ Historic Person: Dell,James,et al.
♦ Significant Year: 1890, 1824
♦ Area of Significance: Politics/Government, Military, Historic - Non-Aboriginal, Social History,
Agriculture
♦ Cultural Affiliation: American,Rural
♦ Period of Significance: 1875-1899, 1850-1874, 1825-1849
♦ Owner: Private
♦ Historic Function: Domestic
♦ Historic
Newnansville Town Site Marker seen along Florida Route 235 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 20, 2013
4. Newnansville Town Site Marker seen along Florida Route 235
Sub-function: Village Site
♦ Current Function: Agriculture/Subsistence, Vacant/Not In Use
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 444 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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