Crescent City is a neat little town about halfway between St. Augustine and Deland. It is located on Crescent Lake, and some fishing experts have declared this town to be the "Bass Capital of the World".
It is noted as one of the best places to catch largemouth bass, a favorite fish of the artist Winslow Homer.
One way to get to Crescent City is on US-17 north out of Deland. It's a nice quiet scenic drive.
You can also get there from St. Augustine on the backroads. Go west out of the Ancient City until you reach Palatka, then go south on US-17.
Stop off at Welaka and enjoy the river views and the old buildings.
Many of the old buildings in Crescent City are pretty much the way they were 100 years ago. The city fronts on beautiful Crescent Lake, which is a large appendage of the St. Johns River.
A famous person of historical note from Crescent City was A. Philip Randolph. He was a leader in the civil rights movement and the American labor movement.
He organized and was the leader of the Brotherhood Of Sleeping Car Porters for many years. It was the first almost entirely black labor union.
Randolph was also active in the civil rights movement throughout his life, and in 1963 was the director of the march on Washington, D.C., the largest civil rights demonstration in American history.
Sprague House is a nice bed and breakfast in Crescent City. It was built in 1892 as the home of one of the local citrus growers.
A block away is a little restaurant named 3 Bananas that overlooks the lake. 3 Bananas has nice fried fish, wings and a lot of other casual dining fare, along with a full bar.
3 Bananas has some nice vintage photos of the building dating back to when it was the old Masonic Hall.
A friend of mine, the late Howard Hunter, told me a story about his father and uncle who lived across Crescent Lake near Espanola.
One night about a century ago when they were young bachelors they attended a dance at the Masonic Hall.
They had a few drinks and were feeling no
pain, but it was two in the morning and time to go home back across the
They got into their rowboat and began rowing east. It was dark and foggy and visibility was near zero. They realized they were lost on the large lake.
As the sun finally came up
in the east and the fog began to lift, the sobered up boys discovered
they had forgotten to untie their boat from the dock at the Masonic
You will enjoy looking at the old houses and buildings in Crescent City, Florida.