“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Gainesville in Alachua County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Old Stage Road

Old Stage Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, February 3, 2013
1. Old Stage Road Marker
Inscription.  The Old Stage Road, one of Alachua County’s original highways, passed near here. Dating from the 1820s, it connected the county’s two major towns, Newnansville (once the county seat near present day Alachua) and Micanopy to the south. The road served as a major commerce, transportation and military artery. Forts built for protection from Seminole Indians near Micanopy and Newnansville were linked by the road. During the Second Seminole War of 1835 to 1842, Fort Clarke, a U.S. Army post, was built along the road northwest of here. By the early 1860s, local farmers relied on the road to transport crops to the railroad depot in Arredondo. From 1866 to 1876, a stage line used the road, carrying mail and passengers to Ocala and Newnansville, and to Tampa by 1869. Use of the road diminished after steamer service across Alachua Lake (now Payne’s Prairie) began in 1876. Railroad service was expanded to Micanopy in the early 1880s. Newnansville had been deserted by 1900. In the 20th century, sections of the road were abandoned in favor of newer and better roads. Original sections of the Old Stage Road still exist.
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2009 by Infinite Properties, LLC., The Alachua County Historical Commission and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-679.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles.
Location. 29° 37.908′ N, 82° 24.979′ W. Marker is in Gainesville, Florida, in Alachua County. Marker is at the intersection of Southwest 24th Avenue and SW 69th Terrace, on the left when traveling west on Southwest 24th Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7001 Southwest 24th Avenue, Gainesville FL 32607, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Clarke (approx. 2.4 miles away); Kanapaha Presbyterian Church (approx. 2˝ miles away); Florida Museum (approx. 2.8 miles away); Historic Haile Homestead At Kanapaha Plantation (approx. 2.9 miles away); Forced into Service (approx. 3.4 miles away); Hogtown Settlement/Fort Hogtown (approx. 3.4 miles away); Timucua Burial Mound/Timucua People (approx. 3.6 miles away); Flavet Villages (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gainesville.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 15, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 600 times since then and 28 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 15, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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Jul. 12, 2020