NEWBERRY, FLORIDA

July 28, 2020

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Newberry, Florida is a town of about 6,000 people located in Alachua County 18 miles west of Gainesville.

Newberry Municipal Building, Photo by Ebyabe

Newberry is at the intersection of U.S. Highway 41 and State Road 26 about 8 miles west of Interstate 75.

NEWBERRY, FLORIDA HISTORY

Newberry was founded in the late 1880s to serve the needs of the new phosphate mining activities in the area.

It began to grow when the Savannah, Florida and Western Railway extended their line south from High Springs to Newberry.

Old Newberry Railroad Depot

The town prospered because of the mining of phospate.  It had fourteen mines in the area and hotels, boarding houses, restaurants and saloon.  Like many boom towns it had its moments of lawlessness.

Old Farm House, Newberry, FloridaOld Farm House, Newberry, Florida, from Florida Memory

The early history of Newberry was turbulent and marked by several incidents of racial violence.  Most of these happened between 1891 and 1926.

Newberry began to decline in 1914 when World War One began.  Germany had been the biggest customer for the mines phosphate and trade with them was not permitted.

NEWBERRY, FLORIDA TODAY

Although Newberry exists as a distinct rural town, it is close enough to Gainesville that it is beginning to attract development.  Residential subdivisions attract commuters who work in Gainesville but like the quiet of Newberry.

The Newberry city limit boundaries have bounced all over the place as they include these new developments within the city to provide utility and other services.

Downtown Newberry photo from Florida Memory

The compact downtown area includes shops, markets, restaurants, government offices, Newberry High School, churches and all the other things you expect in a small self sufficient city.

Newberry has two of the largest baseball and softball tournament facilities in the country.  Champions Park and the Easton-Newberry Sports Complex.

There is also a large archery competition complex and verious training programs.  

Another popular activity in Newberry is off road motorcycle riding atGatorback Cycle Park.

Newberry First Baptist ChurchNewberry First Baptist Church

The Newberry Historic District is a 400 acre area in Newberry that contains 48 historic buildings.

Little Red School House, Newberry, Photo by Ebyabe

The Little Red Schoolhouse is one of the buildings in this district.  It was built in 1909 and is used now as a museum and city government offices.

Dudley Farm Historic State ParkDudley Farm Historic State Park
Flickr/Steven Martin

A popular attraction in Newberry is Dudley Farm Historic State Park.  It's a museum and historic district that is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


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