Monday, March 11, 2013

My Monticello This Week

Things are hopping in Monticello and Jefferson County. Jefferson Street, our main street looks wonderful with three businesses in the old Edenfield Hardware building. The Tractor Supply building is going up fast on South Jefferson and the Pecan Company building at the entrance of the industrial park is taking shape. Several small businesses are almost ready to open with the help of Dallas Garrett in the County's Small Business Development Office.

I'm trying to find someone in Monticello, Lloyd, Waukeenah, Wacissa, Lamont and Aucilla to make up a poster with a short history of the town and a bunch of pictures, both old and new. The Smithsonian Exhibit we will show in the Art Gallery next winter is all kiosks, leaving the walls bare--posters of Jefferson County Towns should be on the walls for visitors to see. Main Street purchased two scanners to we can copy and digitize old pictures without taking them out of albums, picture frames or damaging them in any way. My email is please email me if you will take on this job for your town. I am also listed in the Monticello phone book.

The next big thing everyone will love is the 1827 Roseland Cemetery and Home Tour put on by the Jefferson County History Association. Main Street Monticello is pitching in to video tape the Cemetery reenactments. There will be ten different vignettes ranging from Senator Pasco and his wife Jesse to Boots Thomas and Major Bird. Everything starts at the Wirick-Simmons House at 10 AM Saturday March 23. Don't miss it.

One of the producers of the Dimensions Program on WFSU TV will be filming the whole Cemetery and Home Tour. That program will tell the whole world how beautiful and precious Monticello is.

 The old Jefferson County Jail at 380 W. Dogwood Street (same building as the election office) will be open from 10AM to 5PM for tours as well as eight houses around town. We are working hard to make it into a museum someday, but we want people to see how much we have been able to do so far with a great deal of help from volunteer hours by concerned citizens, a small grant from Capital City Bank and a grant from the state of Florida

Anne Haw Holt.

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