We know many of you are limiting travel during these uncertain times.  Although we continue to feature trips and places to visit, we are not encouraging you to visit them until it is safe.  We want to support Florida's attractions and businesses during this situation, and hope you will plan to visit them when things get better.  In the meantime, enjoy them virtually from the comfort of your home. 

Marianna, Florida is one of the oldest towns in the state.  It was founded in 1827 and was one of the important agricultural centers of north Florida's plantation economy before the Civil War.

Vintage Postcard Jackson County CourthouseVintage Postcard Jackson County Courthouse

One of the earliest settlers in the area was a Scotsman named Robert Beveridge.  He came to the area in 1827 and surveyed the city of Marianna on top of a hill with a view of the Chipola River.

The middle name of Beveridge's wife was Maria;  his partner's wife had the first name of Anna.  The clever Scotsman put the two names together and came up with Marianna.

Modern Jackson County CourthouseModern Jackson County Courthouse

Marianna, Florida Was Site of a Civil War Battle 

Marianna is the grave site of the Confederate Governor of Florida, John Milton.  It was also the site of a small Civil War skirmish, the Battle of Marianna.  The town was defended against a army of about 900 Union soldiers.  The defense was mounted by 150 old men and boys.

Confederate Memorial, Marianna, FloridaConfederate Memorial, Marianna, Florida

Governor Milton owned the nearby Milton Plantation and hundreds of slaves.  He was steadfastly opposed to the Confederacy reuniting with the U.S.A. after the Civil War.  In 1865, Union troops were marching on Tallahassee and Governor Milton allegedly killed himself with a gunshot rather than go back to being a Yankee.

Marianna, Florida Russ HouseMarianna, Florida Russ House

The Russ House is an example of restored properties in town.  It was built in 1895, and was restored in 1995.  It serves today as the Chamber of Commerce offices.  It is on Lafayette Street, also known as US-90.

The town's historic district has many examples of Victorian homes, some restored and others not.  The one below is known as the Old Stone Hotel and was built in 1905.

Old Stone Hotel, Marianna, FloridaOld Stone Hotel, Marianna, Florida

The countryside around Marianna is also beautiful.  The nearby Chipola River is a tributary of the Apalachicola River, and is extremely clear.  Also, Blue Springs is near Marianna.  It has a temperature of 69 degrees all year long, and is a popular destination for cave divers.

Marianna Florida Confederate MonumentConfederate Monument, Marianna, Florida

Downtown Marianna has a nice assortment of shops and restaurants, and is a fine place to visit.  It's southern culture is proudly displayed by a Confederate monument in a prominent downtown location. 

One of the favorite restaurants of locals is Bistro Palms, 2865 McPherson Street.  It is a popular lunch place.

Downtown Marianna, FloridaDowntown Marianna, Florida

Marianna is on US Highway 90, one of our favorite Florida roads. 

It is a good laid back way to travel the length of the Florida panhandle.  Highway 90 parallels big old bad I-10 in this part of the state.


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