HAVANA'S HISTORIC DOWNTOWN
Our names sound familiar but our story is unique. We are not the exotic pastels of Cuba's island capital, nor the sandy beaches of Florida's many coasts, but for over 100 years, people have been drawn to these rich, rolling Florida hills.
Drawn here to grow.
Drawn here to thrive.
Under our cheese cloth shelters, we grew shade tobacco, something truly unique across our agrarian south.
Our natural warmth nurtured it.
Our diligent effort made it possible.
And that warmth and effort are still live today. From the halls of our museum to the pews of our churches, from the warm welcome of our shopkeepers to a cool scoop of ice cream downtown, we are proud to be Florida's Friendliest Small Town.
We are Havana. We are where Florida begins. You know our coasts, yet we are far from flat. You know our sunshine, yet we are known for shade. Discover something pleasantly different, where the palms change to pines, and where the sand shift to fertile ground. We have deep roots. We have caring hearts. We have all the best of small town life.
We are Havana
Havana Main Street is really every business, resident, and visitor that breathes life into our community. But our little team of doers is all about growing the family.
Our mission is to shape an exciting and prosperous future for Havana's main street utilizing the skills and talents of our community, its businesses, and the town's government. Together they can provide for the preservation of Havana's history and renew main street as an economic engine for Havana and its surrounding communities.
HAVANA MAIN STREET
Havana Main Street has existed for over 100 years. However, it was only in 2017 that the community gained Main Street designation from the Florida Main Street Program. We intend to use this momentum to help revitalize our downtown, enriching quality of life, business, and tourism while preserving the historic foundation we inherited. We want our downtown visitors to experience fun and excitement and to tell their friends they must go see Havana.
As a Main Street America AffiliateTM, Havana Main Street is part of a national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.
Havana Main Street was recognized by the Florida Main Street Program at Florida Department of State after an intensive application process to illustrate the town's commitment to downtown revitalization.
Today, the organization consists of one Executive Director and thirteen other directors who collaborate with Town and County Government, Businesses, and the State to invigorate and preserve Havana's Main Street.