Fort White FL Real Estate
Fort White, FL is the second largest city in Columbia County, covering an area of 2.3 square miles. Are you looking for homes or land that are for sale in fort White FL, including Three Rivers Estates, click here. Or, if you’d like to learn more about the Three Rivers Estates located in Fort White FL, then I’d love to tell you all about it! Fort White name comes from an Indian war fort established to protect the Cow Creek settlers during the second Seminole War. In 1884 the village of Ft. White was incorporated and the economy was based on phosphate mining, Turpentine and agriculture. Over the last century the population has decreased due to freezing crops, and the mining deposits being depleted.
History of Fort White FL
Fort White, FL is known for it´s location to three rivers located 4 to 8 miles from downtown. The Santa Fe River flows from the north and empties in the Suwannee River. The Suwannee River Flowing south empting into the Gulf of Mexico. A natural wonder, and best known of the three rivers is The Ichetucknee River and Springs. There is also a neighborhood call Three Rives Estates, located right on the rivers.
Fort White is best known for its spring fed river, the Ichetucknee River. Until the 1970´s the existence of the Ichetucknee River was virtually unknown to the outside world. Prior to the 1970s the local´s favorite past time was floating down the river on inner tubes, viewing the natural wonders. As you float down this spring fed river, you enjoy clear, beautiful water, with fish, turtles and all nature´s habitat floating or swimming beneath you. As you look onto the banks of the river, you see wetlands with an abundance of wildlife living in their natural environment. In 1972 the head spring of the river was declared a National Natural Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The river and the 9 springs that comprise the river are protected natural resources with several state run parks that include campgrounds, nature trails and much more. There are numerous vendors within the Fort White, FL area, that rent inner tubes used to float down the Ichetucknee.
Living in Fort White FL
In the Fort White area, it offers outdoor activities and natural beauty unsurpassed in this area. The Three Rivers Estates subdivision is a nice neighborhood that offers a great recreation opportunity when you purchase a piece if property in there and join the volunteer Home Owner Associates. Fort White, FL is located 20 miles from Lake City and approx. 25 miles from Gainesville, Florida. Gainesville, Florida, home of the University of Florida, the Gators and the Swamp. Fort White has an elementary school and a high school with an excellent small football program.
Sante Fe and Suwannee Rivers are great for boating, water skiing, canoeing kayaking and so much more. Along the rivers you will find canoe and kayak rentals. There are caves in the rivers to explore, however you must be state certified in order to dive into them. For those people who love diving there are many opportunities to view a part of nature few people see. As you boat along the river you will notice many diver flags floating, indicating a diver below enjoying the natural beauty of the caves and river bottom. If you enjoy water sports or relaxing in a beautiful natural setting, these rivers are a perfect destination for you.
Fort White, FL is a naturalist paradise with dozens of state parks, unlimited. Nature trails, wooded areas and sporting activities, available year round. Fort White has a population of around 600 people in the year of 2007. Telephone service is in the 386 area code and the postal zip code for this community is 32038.