Micanopy is on the west side of U.S. Highway 441 south of Gainesville.  It is a small village with some nice antique shops and restaurants.  The entire town is designated a historic district.

Chief Micanopy

First let’s get the pronunciation out of the way.  It is Mick Can Opie (as in the boy character on the old Andy Griffith Show about Mayberry) – so don’t make it rhyme with canopy.

The name comes from a Seminole chief of the same name.  He didn’t actually live here, but a lot of his tribesmen did and there was a lot of fighting around Micanopy during the Seminole Wars.

It’s hard to think of violence in this peaceful village of about 700 people.  It’s more fun to browse the antique shops, an interesting musical instrument shop or just lounge around the small restaurants in town.

Herlong Mansion

Micanopy is also a great place to try a bed and breakfast – perhaps The Herlong Mansion – and take a side trip to nearby Cross Creek, the home of famous author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

The movie “Doc Hollywood” starring Michael J. Fox and Woody Harrelson was largely shot in Micanopy in 1991.

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