The name of Havana evokes images of Cuba or perhaps a vibrant ethnic neighborhood in Miami.
But there is a little Florida town named Havana way up in north Florida, 14 miles northwest of Tallahassee, that has its own claim to fame.
History of Havana, FL
True Floridians know to pronounce that town as HAY-vana. The town motto is “Florida’s Friendliest Small Town.”
The railroad first came to this town in 1902, and it made the farming and shipping of tobacco very profitable.
The town was incorporated in 1906, and the settlers chose Havana as the town name because the major crop in the area was shade tobacco, used as wrappers for fine cigars.
This area of north Florida and adjacent South Georgia was one of only two places in America ideal for growing shade tobacco.
The other was the Connecticut river valley in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
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Mike Miller has lived in Florida since 1960. He graduated as a civil engineer from the University of Florida and has lived and worked in most areas of the state. His love of Florida is reflected in the pages of this website. Mike is the author of 25 books.