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Discover Our History

The rich history of Lake City, Florida’s Springlands may surprise you. It includes a pretty diverse selection of offerings along our historical timeline: Native American settlements. The arrival of Europeans — the conquistador DeSoto trekked his army through here in 1539. The Second Seminole War. Civil War battles. Florida’s first elevator. The founding of the University of Florida. WWII pilot training and more. And here’s a bit of historical trivia everyone seems to like: Lake City was originally named Alligator. You can get a crash course in our history and culture at the Columbia County History Museum in Lake City. There’s also a museum dedicated to Stephen Foster, widely regarded as America’s first popular songwriter. (You’ve heard “Camptown Races,” right?) So explore our history and have an “Oh, Doo-Dah Day!”

  • Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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    The Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park preserves Florida history on the banks of the river made famous by the song "Old Folks at Home" written by Stephen Foster. It features a colonial-style museum engulfed in a nature park, so you can go hiking, cycling, and canoeing before or after viewing the exhibits.

  • The Blanche

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    The Blanche has been a downtown landmark and central hub of hospitality for over 100 years. It was built in 1902 by Frank Pierce Milburn, considered the most popular southern architect of his time and famous for his eclectic style. Commonly referred to as “the pride of Lake City,” The Blanche was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 18, 1990.

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  • The Tavern Irish Pub and Brewery

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    Located in historic downtown, this pub has exactly what you need to unwind and have fun while enjoying a unique and historic atmosphere of "old Lake City". Try one of their in-house crafted brews or enjoy the perfect cocktail from their full bar.

  • White Springs Historic District and Springhouse

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    Take a stroll down the shaded sidewalks through the historic town of White Springs, a town situated just across the Suwannee River from Columbia County. The White Sulphur Springs Springhouse was one of Florida’s original tourist destinations where visitors can see a piece of Florida history.