By  Mike Miller  Updated September 14, 2023

Interlachen, Florida Things To Do, Lodging, Dining, & Real Estate At End Of Article

Interlachen is a town of about 1,500 in Putnam County, Florida, 16 miles west of Palatka.  It probably takes its name from the Scottish term for "between the lakes," although another theory says it is named for Interlaken, Switzerland.


The area of the town was known as "Blue Pond" until 1892.  The Florida Southern Railway came through in the 1870s and settlers began showing up as well as commercial enterprises. 

Interlachen Post Office 1915Interlachen Post Office 1915

Many of the new settlers came from Palatka, a town on the St. Johns River that was prospering as a shipping port and tourist destination.

The town of Interlachen was incorporated in 1888.

First Congregational ChurchFirst Congregational Church

The town prospered as a winter vacation spot and citrus growing area. In the 1890s Interlachen had three hotels attracting tourists from up North.

The town had streetcars and boat tours for the tourists.

King-DeTilla-Brant House Built in 1886

Two of the three hotels burned down, as well as the original Interlachen Town Hall in 1891. 

A new Town Hall replaced the original in 1892 and it was named Interlachen Hall.

Interlachen HallInterlachen Hall

Interlachen Hall is now home to the Interlachen Historical Society and Museum. 

The first floor currently houses the Interlachen Museum, which is operated by the Interlachen Historical Society and is open every Saturday, from 10 am to 2 pm. 

Old Home in InterlachenOld Home in Interlachen

The Great Freezes of 1894 and 1895 devastated the citrus groves and nearly ended the tourist trade.

Agriculture and forestry picked up the slack and became important industries.


Several large platted subdivisions surround Interlachen.  Most of these have unpaved roads;  some of the lots are not on roads at all.

There is a mix of very nice and not so nice homes scattered around these places.  

These developments were primarily lot sales programs back in the days when you could sell lots by mail order.

Old Log Building in InterlachenOld Log Building in Interlachen

This interesting old log building is currently being used for storage.  I haven't been able to find out its history.

Old Building in InterlachenBrush Store
Wikimedia, Photo by Ebyabe

Some old buildings in Interlachen are weathered but still look sound.  The old Brush store still stands and was the home of the post office years ago.

Sid Martin CenterSid Martin Building

The Sid Martin Building is a former school that was named for a Florida legislator.  It is on the campus of Interlachen High School and many years ago was the Interlachen Academy, built in 1895.

Hog Wild Country Cafe

Hog Wild Country Cafe is a popular Interlachen restaurant located at 888 County Road 310. 


Interlachen Museum
215 Atlantic Ave, Interlachen, FL 32148

Housed in a historic building as discussed earlier on this page, the museum is a treasure trove of local history and culture. From Native American artifacts to displays on the early settlers and the development of the town, each exhibit invites you into a different chapter of Interlachen's past.

The museum's volunteers are passionate storytellers, ready to share tales and trivia that make every visit both educational and entertaining. It's a favorite spot for history buffs or anyone curious about the roots of this charming community.

Lake LaGonda Park
135 Lakeview Way, Interlachen, FL 32148

This picturesque park, nestled beside a tranquil lake, is perfect for family outings and picnics under the shade of sprawling oak trees.

The park features playground equipment for the kids, a fishing dock for anglers, and walking trails for those looking to immerse themselves in nature's serenity.

Whether you're looking to relax or get some exercise, Lakeside Park provides a scenic backdrop for your day out.

Etoniah Creek State Forest
390 Holloway Rd, Florahome, FL 32140 | (386) 329-2552

Around 10 miles away, this expansive state forest offers a myriad of outdoor activities set against the backdrop of Florida's unique natural beauty. With miles of trails suitable for hiking, horseback riding, and biking, it's an explorer's paradise.

The forest is also home to rare flora and fauna, making it a fantastic spot for wildlife viewing and bird watching. Adventurers and nature lovers alike will appreciate the pristine environments and the opportunity to disconnect and immerse themselves in the tranquility of the wild.

Nanna's Country Cafe
1156 FL-20, Interlachen, FL 32148 | (386) 684-0871

This cozy diner is the heart of the community, known for its hearty breakfasts, homemade lunches, and the kind of service that makes you feel like family. The menu features Southern classics and diner favorites, all prepared with love and served with a smile.

Nanna's is the go-to spot for locals and visitors alike, offering a taste of home-cooked goodness and a warm, welcoming atmosphere that captures the essence of small-town charm.

Hog Wild Country Cafe
888 Co Rd 310, Interlachen, FL 32148 | (386) 684-4795

As mentioned briefly above, this eatery is renowned for its hearty, home-cooked meals and friendly, welcoming atmosphere. With a menu that features classic American comfort food, from mouthwatering burgers and crispy fries to sumptuous breakfast platters served all day, it's the perfect spot for anyone looking to satisfy their hunger with delicious, generously portioned dishes.

The cafe's rustic decor, complete with country-themed memorabilia, adds to its cozy ambiance, making diners feel right at home. Outdoor dining is available.

Regulars and newcomers alike rave about the quality of the food and the kindness of the staff, making Hog Wild Country Cafe a must-visit destination for those passing through or residing in Interlachen.


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