Quincy is in Gadsden County and is 20 miles northwest of Tallahassee, Florida.
In an era where the price of cotton was at an all-time low, Quincy prospered from growing Tobacco. A special tobacco plant grown from a blend of seeds from Virginia and Cuba created a tobacco known as the “Florida Wrapper.”
Leaf dealers and cigar manufacturers from New York flocked to Gadsden County to check out this special tobacco and the rest is history.
Quincy was also home to several Coca~Cola millionaires.
We went to Quincy once, after reading about it in a Southern Living Magazine. At the time we were on our way to New Orleans to meet up with friends. The magazine touted it’s abundance of charming Victorian B &B’s and I thought it would be nice to check out the town.
Once went exited interstate I-10 into Quincy we were immediately in the most undesirable section of town. I blame my husband for that. Every time we go somewhere and he is driving, we always end up lost and in the wrong part of town.
Yes there were drug deals going down on the street curb.You know what they say about first impressions.
Even though Quincy has 145 buildings on the National Register of Historical Places located within their historic district,and beautiful old B & B’s ……
For me first impressions are the best impressions and I always heed my little internal voice.
We decided to get back on interstate 10 and continue on towards our final destination, New Orleans. We ended up staying in a chain Hotel a couple of exits further west. The front desk clerk told us about a local Seafood restaurant and we weren’t disappointed.
Maybe we will give Quincy another shot someday down the road. But next time I think I will do more research before going there.
That’s it for this week. See you next week for the letter “R.”
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