Museums
The Lake Isabella Historic Residential District
Historic Lake City Main Street Program
Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center
The Lake City Historic Commercial District
Antiquing
 
Museums
 
Olustee Battlefield & Museum
13 miles East of Lake City

386-752-3866
The site of a Civil War battle where Confederate forces turned back Union troops marching on Tallahassee. Each February, the battlefield comes alive during a re-enactment of this historical event. In addition, the Site has a museum and an interpretive trail along battle lines which are open year round.

Lake City-Columbia County Historical Museum
157 SE Hernando Avenue
Lake City FL, 32025
386-755-9096
 
The museum is located in an 1870's era house in Downtown Lake City, FL. It contains exhibits related to the history of this Northern Florida County.
The House belonged to the Vinzant family and a portion of the house is devoted to the family's history.
In addition to various artifacts, the museum also offers genealogical research, tours, and exhibition.
For more information please visit their website at www.lccchm.org.
Hours of operation:
Wednesday 2-5pm
Saturday 10am -1pm
386-755-9096

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Historic Lake City Main Street Program
 
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A downtown revitalization project of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Main Street Program is developed and funded locally. Coordinated city and county efforts have been instrumental in encouraging private investors and recruiting new businesses to the area, which is an integral part of the program.

An excellent tour developed by the Main Street Program provides a glimpse into the life of the last hundred years.



 
The Lake City Historic Commercial District
 
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The Lake City Historic Commercial District consists of all or parts of fifteen blocks in Lake City’s downtown commercial area. Most of the buildings in the district front on North Marion Street, which is part of U.S. Highway 441. During the historic period the area of Marion Street between Railroad and Duval Streets contained an almost unbroken line of commercial buildings. Since World War II, however, a number of those buildings have been razed. They have either been replaced by modern buildings or their lots left vacant, creating an obvious gap between some of the contributing resources of the area. For this reason, the boundaries of the district encompass two discontinuous areas, which share a common period of significance and contribute to an understanding of the extent of the city’s historic commercial sector.

 
The Lake Isabella Historic Residential District
 
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The Lake Isabella Historic Residential District consists of all or parts of thirty blocks southeast of Lake City’s downtown area. The district encompasses a large and concentrated collection of buildings that reflect national trends in architecture during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The area surrounding Lake Isabella, was among the most desirable locations for residential construction during the historic period due to its natural beauty and close proximity to the commercial downtown section.

The complete tour is available by request.



 
Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center
 
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive
White Springs FL, 32096
386-397-2733
17 miles North of Lake City in White Springs, Fl. on the banks of the famous Suwannee River 386-397-1920.

The Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center fulfills two purposes. Appropriately situated on the Suwannee River, the 247 acre center honors the memory of Foster, whose song " Old Folks at Home" memorialized the picturesque stream. It also serves as a gathering place for those who perpetuate the crafts, music and legends of early and contemporary Floridians.

Dioramas which depict scenes described in some of Stephen Foster’s most famous songs are housed in the Stephen Foster Museum and in the Carillon Tower, along with other exhibits. The Carillon Tower is also home to the world’s largest tubular bell instrument. Guided tours of the Stephen Foster Museum and Carillon Tower exhibits are given daily.


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Antiquing
 
For those whose shopping passion is for antiques, there are many shops in Columbia County. Several are located in downtown Lake City. These shops include The Pink Magnolia, Remember When, and Nancy’s Antiques. Hours vary with the majority of the shops, the best bet is to simply take a drive starting with the downtown area. Enjoy the many shops, but don’t let your passion stop just in downtown. Explore the entire area. Webb’s Antique Mall is the largest in the area with over 200 dealers under one roof. In addition to antique shops, you may have the good fortune to visit during one of our many antique auctions. Ask at any of the shops for more information.

 
Business Name Phone Number Address
Deco-tique 386-752-4009 168 N. Marion Avenue
Lake City, FL 32055
Kornucopia 386-963-4898 12093 County Road 137
Wellborn, FL 32094
Melissa's Antiques & Gifts 386-330-2812 304 Howard Street
Live Oak, FL 32064
Picket Fence 386-438-5376 417 Main Street
Lake City, FL 32025
Rowand's 386-752-3550 261 N. Marion Avenue
Lake City, FL 32055
Webb's Antique Mall 386-758-5564 245 SW Webbs Glen
Lake City, FL
(I-75 Exit 414)