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Old 08-04-2013, 01:47 PM
 
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It looks quite a distance from Ocala but would anyone on this forum know High Springs? I tried Gainesville with no luck but I see that Gainesville is with Ocala.

I am only wanting to know what High Springs is like today. I was born there long ago when it was no more than a village. As my father once said, a small town where everybody knew everybody and everybody's business. Later I heard that High Springs had become a tourist attraction with its many antique shops. More than that, I know nothing. I had thought it would have been swallowed up by Gainesville by now but apparently not.

Is anyone familiar with High Springs? What is it like now?
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Old 08-04-2013, 02:14 PM
 
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High Springs has NOT been swallowed up by Gainesville. Too much distance and there aren't significant suburbs to connect the two. There are a *few* antique shops in downtown High Springs but not much to browse for longer than a half hour. It's been hit hard economically - half of the shops in the main area were empty the last time I visited 6 months ago. Very few restaurants.

The Great Outdoors burned down a few years ago and was rebuilt. It's fairly nice and the food is decent. I went down main street to do a bit of photography. The best attractions nearby in the area are the Springs. Poe Springs has been completely redone and only just recently reopened. It's now free. Ginnie and Blue Springs are major attractions. I personally love all of them.

It's a nice quick day trip. Stop have a bit of lunch, browse main street a bit and visit the Springs.
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Old 08-04-2013, 02:47 PM
 
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High Springs has NOT been swallowed up by Gainesville. Too much distance and there aren't significant suburbs to connect the two. There are a *few* antique shops in downtown High Springs but not much to browse for longer than a half hour. It's been hit hard economically - half of the shops in the main area were empty the last time I visited 6 months ago. Very few restaurants.

The Great Outdoors burned down a few years ago and was rebuilt. It's fairly nice and the food is decent. I went down main street to do a bit of photography. The best attractions nearby in the area are the Springs. Poe Springs has been completely redone and only just recently reopened. It's now free. Ginnie and Blue Springs are major attractions. I personally love all of them.

It's a nice quick day trip. Stop have a bit of lunch, browse main street a bit and visit the Springs.
At least it is still there. I had not realized it was so far from Gainesville. Don't know where I got the notion that it was only 15 miles plus/minus. When someone at another forum mentioned Alachua, I thought that was where a great great grandfather got a land grant from - could it have been President Harding? I know it was in the 1840s. But, now that Ocala has been brought back to mind, I'm not sure it wasn't Ocala. It's been a long while since I researched the family. Memory fades. Don't take my word for fact. Not important now.

Thank you much for the rundown. Makes it more real.
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Old 08-04-2013, 02:52 PM
 
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It's definitely still there : ). I have friends that live there. A lot of the older homes have been renovated and beautiful. It definitely also has a thriving art community.
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Old 08-04-2013, 03:06 PM
 
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I used to have a picture of the house where I was born. Grandmother was standing on the front porch. A lovely large porch. Do they build porches any more? those large - sometimes wrap-around porches - where families and neighbors gathered to visit of an evening.
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:16 PM
 
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I live in Ocala but my mother-in-law lives in High Springs, High Rock as we used to call it. Still small but rolling along. I grew up in Alachua and Alachua & High Springs share a high school (Santa Fe near I-75). I think a lot of antique shops were opened in '90's and early 2000's but many have closed now. Still a few places to eat. Nice place to visit for part of a day but not much to do except go to local springs like OcalaLiving said. They used to have a newspaper but that went out of business. Now mom gets Alachua Today, Alachua newspaper. here is link. Cialis price in canada TOP 1 - Canadian pharmacy.
Hope you enjoy it.
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:44 AM
 
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I live in Ocala but my mother-in-law lives in High Springs, High Rock as we used to call it. Still small but rolling along. I grew up in Alachua and Alachua & High Springs share a high school (Santa Fe near I-75). I think a lot of antique shops were opened in '90's and early 2000's but many have closed now. Still a few places to eat. Nice place to visit for part of a day but not much to do except go to local springs like OcalaLiving said. They used to have a newspaper but that went out of business. Now mom gets Alachua Today, Alachua newspaper. here is link. Cialis price in canada TOP 1 - Canadian pharmacy.
Hope you enjoy it.
Thank you. That gives me a pretty good picture of it. Especially if two towns share the same high school. Of course, a lot of students are being bussed hither and yon nowadays. So, nothing out of the ordinary there. Just different from old times. And that explains the antique shops. It was probably in the 90s that I'd read there were so many of them. Perhaps, as people say, "a nice place to be from"? Still, they tell me that northern Florida is much nicer for living than southern Florida. I used to get a Florida Living magazine and the editor made much of that.

I'll check out the paper. Thanks for that also. Take care. Hazel
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