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. Click the following link MLS #324641 to access the MLS print out of this home. 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.
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