Our PastHavana's roots run deep & can still be seen here today
The town of Havana, Florida (pop. 2,000) has a unique history. The original settlement of Salem, about a mile away, was at the crossroads of State Road 12 (9th Avenue West) and Salem Road at the turn of the 20th Century. The Railroad brought their line to where Havana’s signature fountain and stage sits today and most folks moved ‘uptown’ to the new village of Havana.
MAIN STREET IN THE EARLY 1900’S
The area was long based on growing tobacco, and was at one point the world’s largest shade-tobacco growing area. That economic engine lasted nearly 100 years, dying out in the early 1960s. Buildings remained unoccupied for nearly 20 years as locals began shopping elsewhere. In the early ‘80s, enterprising entrepreneurs bought up many buildings and brought art and antiques to town. Business was good; the town had nearly 10 such storefronts by the early ‘90s. Today, Havana has around 30 such shopkeepers and café owners who have survived the recession and continue to thrive with innovation of new shops, new merchandise and new marketing concepts gaining a wider array of customers.