The rustic sign for Historic Micanopy (mick-a-no-pee) is directly off the I-75 exit on the way to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. Our curiosity peaked, we decided to check it out and happened upon the quaintest little example of "old Florida" that I've ever seen. We skipped the Micanopy History Museum during this visit but learned a bit from the historic markers located around town. This area was used primarily to free range cattle by several subsequent tribes of Native Americans, from Timicuan to Seminole. In fact, the Cholokka Blvd, which is the main street of Micanopy, was once an Indian Trade route and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the main street is lined with grand oak trees and old store fronts which house antique shops, cafes and art studios. It was a lovely spot for a stroll and a scoop of ice cream.
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