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Alachua County was created in 1824 by an act of the Florida Legislature. It was carved from portions of St. Johns and Duval Counties. Until 1843 its southernmost border was approximately Tampa Bay. While Gainesville is the current County seat, originally a town called Newnansville, located in the northeastern part of the County, was the seat of the county government.
The Second Seminole War slowed the growth of Newnansville and the railroad line bypassed the county seat by running in a diagonal line across the county resulting in a decision to move the county seat nearer the rail lines. This decision was made at a meeting at Boulware Springs on September 6, 1853, resulting in the creation of a new town to be called Gainesville nearer the center of commerce in Alachua County.
Alachua County enjoys a mild climate and Gainesville is home to the University of Florida. Gainesville has become a major metropolitan area, enjoying both the advantages of a rural setting and the cultural and entertainment offerings of a large City.
To submit Genealogical or Historical material to this site, please contact Laverne Tornow, your Alachua County Coordinator. FLGenWeb wishes to convey our gratitude and appreciation for all the work and material on this site that former Coordinator Jim Powell, Jr. has done. It is entirely thanks to him, that such a wonderful collection of information resides here. It is my intention to attempt to uphold the high standard that he has set!