Quincy’s worth a detour on any trip to Tallahassee

Touring the Town


The Davidson House is a landmark in Quincy.

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Let me introduce you to a gem of a historic district in the city of Quincy, located just 15 miles northwest of the state capital of Tallahassee. One of my favorite cities to visit in Florida is Tallahassee. While there, make time to visit Quincy. You will have a great experience.

Before you leave home, phone or email the Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce at 850-627-9231 or email gadsdence.com and request a copy of the handy booklet “On the Trail in Historic Quincy.” The booklet is an outstanding walking tour guide to Quincy’s Historic District. There is a modest mailing charge for the guide.

Start your visit in Quincy by enjoying the walking tour of the almost 16-block area of varied structures that were built from the 1840s to the early 20th century. All buildings have been restored and they are now occupied by many types of businesses and grand Victorian homes.

The historic area covers the entire downtown and surrounding area. The Courthouse Square has been used continuously since 1827 as an active site for both government and businesses.

Downtown Quincy is the seat for Gadsden County and is one of the oldest county seats in Florida. The County Square area hosts endless cultural events during the course of the year.

Quincy also is the home of the modern Gadsden Arts Center, which exhibits the work of local artists. The Arts Center is located in a renovated 1912 Bell & Bates hardware store. The Arts Center hosts rotating regional and national exhibitions and a permanent collection of Vernacular Art.

There are more than a dozen locations in the city that have been included in the National Register of Historic Places. Most of these sites are within the boundary of the Quincy Historic District. The restored grand Leaf Theater is considered a historic 20th century cinema treasure.

Quincy has a number of outstanding bed and breakfast homes located in the historic district. I would recommend an overnight stay in one of these homes to complete your Quincy experience.

In Florida, we are fortunate to have this outstanding Quincy Historic District to visit.

Quincy is located just a few miles south of the Georgia State border. During the Civil War, there was Sherman’s March to the Sea. In his attempt to end the Civil War, Gen. William Sherman of the Union Army used his “Scorched Earth” campaign. From Atlanta to Savannah, his troops completely destroyed every village and town during its march. We are fortunate he didn’t include Quincy during this devastation.

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