Area historians play Micanopy name game
Published: Monday, January 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, December 31, 2006 at 9:56 p.m.
Is it Wanton's Town or Micanopy? That is the issue over a bit of history in the new Alachua County calendar/annual report.
The calendar has a historical theme and says that Micanopy was first known as Wanton's Town after early settler Edward M. Wanton and was later named Micanopy.
Staff at the Matheson Museum in Gainesville found plenty of documentation to that effect, including publications such as "History of Alachua County Florida" by F.W. Buchholz in 1929, a county history written in 1964 by Jess Davis and the Micanopy Historical Society's walking tour pamphlet, written by the late town historian Carmen Smyth.
But Micanopy resident Chris Monaco begs to differ. Monaco included information about Micanopy in his book "Moses Levy of Florida: Jewish Utopian and Antebellum Reformer."
Monaco said Micanopy was the name at the town's founding in 1821, but acknowledged it was sometimes referred to as Wanton's Town.
"Actually, as was often the case on the frontier, people in the area used both names (for example, Alachua County's former county seat, Newnansville, was also known informally as 'Dell's' for a time)," Monaco wrote in an e-mail to county commissioners.
The Humane Society is one of several rescue groups in a grant-funded program aimed at ending the euthanasia of healthy animals at the Alachua County Animal Services shelter.
The groups get animals from the shelter and then find homes for them. No group has ever reached the 1,000 animal milestone in Alachua County.
More than 3,800 animals - including those with medical or behavior problems that make them unadoptable - have been euthanized this year.
By increasing operational hours and making animal adoptions available seven days a week, and with funding assistance from the Maddie's Foundation, "the Humane Society has quickly become a powerhouse for animal adoptions within the community," said Executive Director Becky Goodman.
Erica Chatman, a resource director for the organization, said the name reflects the broader scope of services now provided there.
The Corner Drugstore opened almost 36 years ago to help drug users. But it now offers a variety of programs including some for runaway teens, foster children transitioning to adulthood and family counseling.
The new name will be launched at the organization's annual meeting Jan. 11.
"It's not just drug counseling anymore," Chatman said. "We have 20 programs now, so it has gone far beyond substance abuse counseling."
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