About The Area



Newberry is located on the west side of Alachua County and has experienced significant growth over the past five years. Much of the city borders Gilchrist County to the west.

Located along the route of the Savannah, Florida, and Western Railway, Newberry developed as a mining town after the discovery of phosphate in the western part of Alachua County in 1889. A few years later in 1893, the town extended southward from High Springs. The following March, a post office was established and named Newton, but the name changed to Newberry in August.

In 1896, there were 14 mines operating nearby, with hotels, boarding houses, and saloons to accommodate the town’s transient and sometimes unruly population. Because Germany was the principal customer for Newberry’s phosphate, its demand ended abruptly at the start of the Great War in 1914.

The community then turned to agriculture and was particularly successful at producing watermelons. First held in 1946, the Watermelon Festival continues to be an annual event. Later in 1987, Newberry’s Historic District was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Newberry’s downtown area is home to the Kincaid building, built in 1880 in Jonesville. Here William Barry invented a screw worm eradication formula that is credited with saving the cattle industry in Florida, as thousands of cattle were dying. The Newberry Main Street organization currently leases this building in an effort to restore and preserve its original interior and its board and batten exterior structure, as it is the only remaining wooden commercial building of historic interest in town. (Source: www.wikipedia.com)

For more information on Newberry’s history, visit the City of Newberry’s website.

Currently Newberry is home to a downtown in the process of revitalization and many new and established businesses, featuring exceptional recreation and employment opportunities. Outdoor lovers will enjoy the biking trails, canoeing, and camping in the greater Newberry area.

For more historical photos, please visit Florida Memory, Division of Library & Information Services


Jonesville is an unincorporated community in Alachua County just to the east of Newberry, 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 grown and residents have moved west toward less dense communities. Coinciding with the growth in population, Jonesville has seen an increase in business relocations, especially in the Town of Tioga development.

Jonesville Park provides local residents with baseball fields, mile-long track, disc golf course, tennis courts, soccer fields, and regular play. Future development of the park promises to include a nature center, event lawn with numerous activities, BMX track, nature trails, picnic areas, amphitheater, and recreation center with gymnasium, weight room, and multipurpose rooms. (Source: www.wikipedia.com)

For more historical photos, please visit Florida Memory, Division of Library & Information Services.


If you are relocating or expanding your business, we would be happy to assist you in identifying sites, as there are many existing facilities, both commercial and industrial, that may fit your needs.  Whether you plan to live or work in our community, there is something for everyone! We hope that you will consider our Chamber of Commerce a valued resource for your personal and professional needs.

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