Quincy Main Street

Quincy Main Street

Quincy, FL

http://www.quincymainstreet.org/

Quincy, Florida (est. 1825) boasts a 36-block National Register Historic District covering the entire downtown and surrounding neighborhoods of antebellum and Victorian mansions, beside charming cottages. The buildings throughout the commercial district are the result of the economic prosperity that Gadsden County's world famous shade-grown tobacco created at the turn of the twentieth century. With few exceptions, all of these were built between 1888 and 1922. Quincy's historic courthouse square remains intact with a Beaux art style courthouse in a park-like setting. Quincy has an active Main Street program, one of the first in Florida, and the organization, volunteers, the City and County, are working hard to revitalize the historic town with minimal funding. Several of the buildings around the courthouse square now sit empty or are decaying, but there is great potential for revitalization and a renewed spirit of entrepreneurship among the people. Buildings that once housed a carriage factory, hardware store, and the first chartered bank in Florida, now house an art museum, a music theater, cafes, barbershops, and bakeries. Quincy is a culturally and ethnically diverse town and is proud of this distinction. Recently Canadian muralist Charlie Johnston painted a two-story mural honoring Black doctors in Quincy, and renowned African American artist Dean Mitchell, born in Quincy, has opened an art gallery in the building where he got his first haircut. Quincy celebrates art and culture with a year-long schedule of outstanding art exhibits, musical productions, and the annual Porchfest and Sketchcrawl. Quincy is ready to be re-energized and winning this contest would be the boost needed to jump-start the revival. These funds would enable Quincy Main Street to assist building owners make fa├žade improvements by purchasing paint and power washers to refresh the downtown and restore it to the vibrant place most people remember.