Historic Landmarks

The Historic Thomas Center

Considered Gainesville's cultural center, the Historic Thomas Center is housed in a beautifully restored Mediterranean Revival-style hotel. The Thomas Center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and contains art galleries, 1920's period rooms, local history exhibits, performance space, banquet rooms, and meeting rooms. The Thomas Center is surrounded by the lovely Thomas Center Gardens and the Grace and Sidney Knight Children's Theatre. The center is the site of a variety of art exhibits and musical programs. The Thomas Center is located at 302 NE 6th Ave. 

Learn more about the Thomas Center's history.

Evergreen Cemetery

”This Wondrous Place” is located at 401 SE 21st Avenue, Gainesville, Florida. Evergreen Cemetery was established as a private cemetery in 1856. The City of Gainesville assumed ownership in 1944 and it remains the only municipal cemetery in Gainesville. This historic site also functions as an outdoor museum with stories of local historic developmental importance unfolding at every turn on over 50 acres of land. In addition to the thousands of people to come to Evergreen to attend funerals, the cemetery also attracts visitors with interests in genealogy, tombstone art, photography and native plant material. When visiting the cemetery, guests and patrons can utilize a wonderful cell phone tour that details the lives of historic figures from the area. 

Learn more at www.ThisWondrousPlace.org.

Living History Farm

The Living History Farm at Morningside Nature Center brings Florida cracker family living in the mid to late 1800s to life again. On Living History days (First Saturday of the month, September through May) farm visitors can observe daily life in 1870 as staff interpret bygone days through chores and activities.The Annual Cane Boil & FiddleFest takes place, each year, on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, from 9:00–4:00 p.m. The Longleaf Pine Youth Fiddle Contest will take place during the Annual Cane Boil, thus bringing together the traditions of giving thanks and fall harvest with a music tradition that has been so influential throughout the South. Make this event part of your Thanksgiving weekend tradition!

Wilhelmina Johnson Resource Center

Through dance and neighborhood programs, this community center serves as a resource for arts and civic organizations. The Center is located at 321 NW 10th Street and is operated by the Cultural Arts Coalition. For more information or to schedule an event, please contact Nkwanda Jah at (352)372-0216. Learn more.

A. Quinn Jones House

In 1923, A. Quinn Jones became the first principal of Lincoln High School. Affectionately known as “Prof” Jones, this innovative educator steadfastly believed that his graduates deserved the opportunity to earn a full high school diploma. After years of hard work, “Prof” Jones developed Lincoln High School into the second fully accredited African-American high school in the state of Florida.

Lincoln High School Class of 1943, Gainesville, FloridaIn recognition of his accomplishments, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior listed the home of A. Quinn Jones in the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.  The Legacy Project will preserve this historic landmark. Once completed, the A. Quinn Jones Museum and the Heritage Trail will be a tribute to a man who dedicated his life to increasing access to and improving the quality of the education available to the African-American community in Florida.

Learn more at www.aqjmuseum.org.