Susan Yelton


Created by an act of the Territorial Legislative Council on December 29, 1824, Alachua County comprised most of the territory known as “inland Florida,” extending almost from the Georgia line to Charlotte Harbor. The development of this land had a long and colorful history. In the annals of Florida history one finds the name Newnansville identified as the county seat of Alachua County, a fort site during the Second Seminole War; and as a prosperous nineteenth-century settlement in one of the richest land belts in north-central Florida. This little town, located south of the Santa Fe River, helped pave the way for the growth of interior Florida, but the energies the community expended to attract settlement laid the seeds of its own destruction. Today Newnansville is nothing more than planted fields, whereas in the 1840s it was a bustling settlement.