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DID YOU KNOW?

Old Bellamy Road, located in Northwest Alachua County was Florida’s first federal highway and was designated a scenic road in 1980.  This winding road travels west off of County Road 241, about four miles north of Alachua and continues several miles to the northwest. It goes through the long forgotten town of Traxler and the Santa Fé Taloca Spanish Mission. At one time, it was the “Main Street” for Newnansville, a town one mile north of Alachua City.

John Bellamy, a plantation owner at Monticello, received the commission to construct the road by the Territorial Council in 1824 – only five years after Florida became a U.S. territory and the same year Alachua County was created. Mr. Bellamy was in charge of the section of Old Bellamy Road that went from Picolata on the St. Johns River to the Ochlockonee River. When built, Old Bellamy Road would be 25 feet wide and 445 miles long and cost its citizens a mere $20,000, which in those days was considered a considerable amount of money.  The road was used as a major highway connecting Pensacola to St. Augustine until the Civil War, when other roads emerged as preferred modes of travel.

The original Old Bellamy road crossed Alachua County along the route of the Old Mission Trail running from near Santa Fé Lake through a swampy, forested hammock between present-day O’Leno State Park and River Rise Preserve State Park. The Santa Fé River disappears underground here and travels three miles before re-appearing.

Now YOU can own a piece of history with your own acreage fronting Old Bellamy Road.  Just about 1 mile northwest of CR 236, lies a 6.93 acre parcel of land, with a 1950 SF, block/stucco home, built-in 2000.This property even has a separate power pole, septic, water and concrete pad for an RV, for when out-of-town relatives or friends come to visit.

Click the following link MLS #324641 to access the MLS print out of this home. You can also go to the High Springs Tab above and hover over it to view the pages.  The page for this listing is called “Country Home”

If you’re looking for a place to call home either in Alachua, High Springs, Newberry, Waldo, Gainesville, or anywhere in between, I can help you.  Just give me a call and we’ll start looking for YOUR perfect home!

JOCELYNE GRANDJEAN-BROWN

RE/MAX Professionals
alachuarealtor@gmail.com
352.870.9929

Come back often as I will be adding more pictures to the page called “Country Home” under the High Springs Tab above as well as to the listing.  

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About Mme Jocelyne

Hi, I'm a transplanted northerner–(born and raised in New York to French immigrants–Oui je parle Francais)-living in Florida for 20 years. In the 70's I worked as a realtor in the Bronx – City Island to be exact. Then I started a family and didn't keep up my license. I aspired to a career in architecture, so I went to New York Institute of Technology for three years, moved to Florida and finished my degree at the University of Florida in Gainesville. After 10 years of working in my dream career I sustained an injury to my shoulder. This injury never healed because I was constantly on the computer doing cad design. I finally decided to make a career change – something where I could use my training as an architect. Needless to say, I was worried – where will the money come from? How will I be able to afford my career change? But, I put my faith in God and went for it. It’s the best move I ever made, other than my husband, children and dogs.

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