City of Newberry, Florida

Newberry is a city located on the southwest side of Alachua County, Florida. Initially developed as a mining town, the city has since turned to agriculture and has seen much success with producing watermelons. Watermelons are so much a part of Newberry’s tradition that the city hosts an annual Watermelon Festival, first held in 1946. The highlight of the small town on daily basis is its Main Street. Old buildings line a few blocks that have stood since the town's creation and the little stores and thrift shops are pretty welcoming.

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Listed as a historic place in Florida, visitors of this park can learn all about Florida farming from the 1850s to the mid 1940s through the generations of the Dudley family. The property consists of 18 buildings, including the farmhouse that still houses the original furniture, an 1880's kitchen outbuilding, a general store, post office, and a functional cane syrup complex. It's extra fun here since the park staff dress up in period clothing to go about their general chores, like raising the crops and tending to the livestock. If you've ever been curious to how a farm really worked more than one hundred years ago, this is a great throw back in time to check out. There are also some nature trails here that are perfect for hikers and gardens that are beautiful to enjoy when everything is blooming. 

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