Tucked away between Interstate 75 and U.S. 441 in North Central Florida is Micanopy, known affectionately as "the little town that time forgot." Today, visitors can enjoy antiquing and site-seeing in one of the best preserved examples of Old Florida culture. In a state where good antiquing can sometimes be hard to come by—many folks sell off their old stuff before moving to Florida—Micanopy is an antiquing mecca. But you can also stroll through the town and enjoy its historic architecture, featuring Queen Anne's, Greek Revival, and even Florida Vernacular, which includes some wooden Florida Cracker style homes.
Most of the stores are antique shops and this is a serious location for antiquing. However, there are a few other spots selling arts and crafts and home furnishings. Some of the antique shops have specialties such as books or musical instruments. There aren't too many places to eat in town, but there are a few cafes in case you get hungry. Micanopy is about halfway between Gainesville and Ocala in the state of Florida and is located in the southern end of Alachua County, just north of the Marion County line. It's 12 miles south of Gainesville and 26 miles north of Ocala. It's also about 104 miles north of Orlando and about 120 miles north of Tampa. Micanopy is located between Interstate 75 and U.S. Highway 441. You can hop off Interstate 75 at exit 374 and follow the signs for the Historic District. The primary shopping area in Micanopy is on Cholokka Boulevard.
Massive oaks covered in spanish moss provide shade over the historic buildings along Cholokka Boulevard.
Many of the historic buildings in Micanopy, Florida have been converted to antique shops.
Palm trees in Micanopy don't let you forget that you're still in Florida.
This cafe is one of the few places to eat in Micanopy's historic district. But that doesn't mean you can't also buy antiques there as well.
Micanopy exhibits a lot of unique architecture, including this old gallery that looks like a log cabin and happens to be sitting underneath another larger structure.
Large old oak trees and park benches can be found along the middle of Cholokka Boulevard.
This old house doubled as the hospital where Michael J. Fox's character worked in Doc Hollywood.
A rare moment when the sun shines through the trees on Cholokka Boulevard in Micanopy.
Sidewalks, benches, shade-providing oak trees, and plenty of free parking greet visitors to Micanopy.
Unique architecture and palm trees mix in Micanopy's Historic District.
Notice the wrought iron bars over the windows? That used to be the town's first bank.
The ground floor of the Feaster Building once served as a General Store.
The Simonton House is still a private residence and also a perfect example of Queen Anne's architecture.
This excellent example of Florida Vernacular architecture houses an ice cream shop, a gallery, and even apartments on the top floor.
Home furnishings are for sale on the huge front porch of this building in Micanopy.
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