Welcome to our Greater Newberry Community!
Newberry, Florida is located on the west side of Alachua County, Florida, and has experienced much growth over the past five years. Much of the city borders the neighboring Gilchrist County to the west.
Newberry developed as a mining town after phosphate was discovered in the western part of Alachua County in 1889; and, the town was located along the route of the Savannah, Florida, and Western Railway, that in 1893 was extended southward from High Springs. A post office established in March 1894 was named Newton, but changed to Newberry in August of that year. In 1896 there were fourteen mines operating nearby; with hotels, boarding houses and saloons to accommodate the town's transient and sometimes unruly population. The demand for phosphate ended abruptly in 1914 when war was declared against Germany, the principal customer for Newberry's phosphate. The community turned to agriculture and was particularly successful at producing watermelons. The Watermelon Festival, first held in 1946, continues to be an annual event.
In 1987 Newberry's Historic District was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and Newberry’s Downtown area is home to the Kincaid building, in which the screw worm eradication formula was invented by Mr. William Barry. The screw worm formula is credited with saving the cattle industry in Florida. Prior to the formula cattle were dying by the thousands in the state. This building is currently leased by the Newberry Main Street Organization in an effort to restore and preserve its original board and batten exterior structure, as well as its interior, as it is the only remaining wooden commercial building of historic interest in town, and was built in 1880 in Jonesville.
Currently Newberry is home to many new and established businesses, and like Jonesville features exceptional recreation and employment opportunities including the upcoming new Easton Archery Center and Sports Complex, that is currently under development, Canterbury Showplace, – one of the area’s leading horse arenas, Newberry Sports complex, as well as exceptional, parks, including Dudly Farm State Park. Biking trails, canoeing, and camping are also abundant in this beautiful area of North Florida, in nearby Trenton and High Springs. This bedroom community also features a commercial park, and a growing and revitalizing downtown area.
Jonesville is an unincorporated community in Alachua County just to the East of the City of Newberry. It is located at the intersection of County Road 241 and State Road 26 (Newberry Road). Over the years, Jonesville has become more populated as the city of Gainesville has continued to grow and residents have moved west towards less dense communities. Coinciding with the growth in the area population, Jonesville has seen an increase in relocation of businesses. Included in Jonesville is the commercial development in Town of Tioga, where much of this development has occurred. The Jonesville Park provides local residents with soccer fields and regular play. Future development of the park promises to include a tennis center, a nature center, an event lawn with numerous activities, a ball field complex, a disc golf course, a BMX track, nature trails, picnic areas, an amphitheater, and a recreation center with gymnasium, weight room and multipurpose rooms.
Whether you plan to live or work in the Greater Newberry area there is something for everyone in our community! We welcome you and hope that you will consider our Chamber of Commerce to be a great source of information for both your personal and professional needs. We would be happy to assist you in identifying sites if you are relocating or expanding your business, as there are many existing facilities, both commercial and industrial, that may fit your needs. The Chamber would be more than thrilled to assist you in identifying these sites and reviewing current local and state incentive plans with you. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us! You can reach our office at 352-472-6611, or visit our website for timely, valuable, and important community news at http://NewberryJonesvillechamber.com
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We are so very pleased that you chose to visit our Greater Newberry community, and we hope that you consider making it your home!