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With its rolling hills, canopied roads of moss-draped oaks, and Southern charm, Tallahassee defies the stereotypes most people hold when it comes to Florida. Time-honored tradition melds with cutting-edge innovation in an area that is at the center of it all.
the Gulf's aquamarine waters a mere 25 miles away and the Georgia border only 14
miles to the north, Tallahassee is strategically located in an area known as the
Big Bend, straddling the foothills of the Appalachians and at the juncture of
Florida's Panhandle and peninsula.
The city's rich heritage dates back to the 1800s. It was established as the seat of state government because it was the rendezvous point between the state's original largest cities, Pensacola and St. Augustine. During the Civil War, Tallahassee was the only uncaptured rebel capital east of the Mississippi. Magnificent plantation houses, the newly restored capital building and the Museum of Florida History reflect the city's deep-rooted history. The historic Goodwood Plantation, dating from 1834, showcases distinctive period architecture and acres of splendid gardens.
A great deal of the appeal of Tallahassee is that it retains its youthful spirit, despite its long history. Florida State University, home of the Seminoles, is the second largest university in the state. There's also Tallahassee Community College and Florida A&M University. The city is brimming with school spirit, and football season is a colorful and exciting time to visit when there is a game in town. With college students around, a thriving nightlife is far from lacking.
But if a leisurely day about town is more your style, you will find every sort of shopping, dining and interesting things to see graced with Southern style and hospitality. Enjoy a visit to our state capital, which embraces both the gentility of the old South and the innovation of the millennium.