Florida September 29, 2016
Step Inside The Quaint Florida Town With Only One Traffic Light
Florida is famous for its big attractions and popular beaches, but in our opinion, one of its best features is often overlooked. The many charming small towns hiding throughout the state are great places to meet friendly people, enjoy life at a slower pace, visit natural attractions, and experience Old Florida that has all but vanished from Florida’s bigger towns.
Though the town of Trenton may be tiny (around 2,000 people), it's actually the seat of Gilchrist County. This is a town where life moves at a slower pace.
The local shops occupying historic buildings all seem intended to transport the visitor to the past.
At the Suwannee Valley Shoppes, you can pull up a stool at an adorable soda fountain and sip a root beer float.
Or join the fancy ladies in the Ruffled Rose Tea Room for formal English tea and other events (by reservation).
Visitors can pick out a lovely quilt and a few antiques to bring home, and then grab lunch or a delicious pastry from the Suwannee Rose Cafe. You can also learn about cross stitch from a nationally recognized professional, Sally Criswell, in her shop, Sally's Suwannee Valley Cross Stitch.
The impressive quilting shop, located inside the town's old Coca-Cola bottling plant (built in 1925) holds over 7,000 bolts of fabric.
The Trenton Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival is arguably the event of the year (held in March), and the historic Wade Building (a 1910 dry goods store) houses the Florida Quilt Museum.
It goes without saying that if you love quilting, you will probably fall in love with this town.
The town's railroad history is visible in the historic Trenton Railroad Depot, built in 1900. There are several other historic buildings cherished by the town.
If you want to enjoy some outdoor activities, beautiful Fanning Springs State Park is only 15 minutes away. Here, visitors can enjoy a day of swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, and hiking, making this a well-rounded trip
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Road Trip Through Florida’s Most Picturesque Small Towns.