Small Town Squares : Monticello, FL

Our #smalltownsquares series continues with a trip to a tiny town in Florida. Monticello has a special place in my heart. In Georgia, it is where Shane’s family has a beautiful farm, a place where we’ve made so many wondering memories over the years.

In Florida however, it is nearly as magical. A small, almost forgotten town just 20 minutes East of Tallahassee, where I grew up, Monticello has some of the most beautiful bones of a small town square.

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The Courthouse sends in the center of town with roads weaving around it in all directions. The large Opera House is favorite of mine, filled with rows of seating and a grande stage packing the main room. You just wonder what kind of performances + occasions have taken place in this beautiful place over the years.

The town newspaper still operates out of a little brick building near the town square, otherwise lined with a small diner, real estate office and quite a few antique + second-hand shops (right up my alley). My oldest son enjoyed the Fried Shrimp on the menu at the diner, claiming them to be “his new favorite meal.”

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A boarded up jail is quite a sight to see, and the old school is currently under renovations. There are often folks parked near the square selling fresh fruits + vegetables from their roadside stands, and a bed + breakfast in a gorgeous old home.

The historic homes in Monticello are plenty. Many of them have seen much better days and need quite a bit of work, but from time to time I see a new one pop up and text it to my Mom in hopes she’ll take the risk. They are oh-so-charming and just filled with potential, especially as Tallahassee doesn’t have much in the way of historic properties remaining.

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This grande old home was one of my favorites, I didn’t see it listed for sale but gosh I’d love to walk around inside and bring this beauty back to life.

Love to know if you’ve visited Monticello before and what memories you have of this sweet Southern town. #HEIRLOOMED


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Fall Apple Picking.

It’s the time of year when our air gets crisp and the leaves start to turn. Growing up in Tallahassee we didn’t really have much in the way of a change of season so I really do appreciate the fall, even if it means colder weather is coming. I like to take this time to enjoy the weather outside and luckily living in south offers so many fun things to do. 

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I decided to make a special trip with my oldest son, just the two of us. We drove up to BJ Reece Apple Orchard, and boy did we have a great time. Apple picking season in Georgia starts the last week in August and lasts until the end of October so make sure to plan your trip during this time. 

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 After we finished our apple picking we headed to the main building to find some more goodies. They have so many varieties of apples, and a full section of fresh seasonal produce. But the best part is ALL the apple goods you can buy. They had everything from fresh apple hand-made pies, apple cider, bushels of apples, to apple chips, you name it - they’ve got it. My favorite treat ended up being, the apple cider sour cream donuts paired with a little styrofoam cup of hot apple cider. Fall is officially here and I couldn't be happier. 

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The BJ Reece Orchard has so many great varieties of Apples to choose from and they are best picked at certain dates. Here is a list from their website: 

  • Rome Beauty - September 15

  • Staymen Winesap - September 15

  • Cameo - October 1

  • Winecrisp - October 1

  • Shizuka - October 1

  • Candy Crisp - October 1

  • Braeburn - October 1

  • Gold Rush - October 15

  • Arkansas Black - October 15

  • Granny Smith - October 15

  • Pink Ladies - October 15

  • Yates - October 15

  • Fuji - October 15

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Not only did they have tons of apples to pick but they also have the cutest little petting zoo. We also got a chance to see a ton of fresh pumpkins and even passed a huge field of sunflowers too. We are so lucky to be so close to the North Georgia Mountains, there is so much to do in the great outdoors nearby us. We also visited Burt’s Pumpkin Patch while we were there, another huge farm operation that’s perfect for picking any kind of pumpkin or gourd you can imagine.

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Now that we had all of these fresh apples, I couldn't wait to start on some great fall recipes. I made an Apple Buttermilk Skillet for dessert- and let me tell you, it was delicious. Let me know what apple recipes you love to use in the fall and any other fall things you love doing with your family. Check out our video below to see more of our adventure!


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heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com