Fort White is a small town in Columbia county in the state of Florida. Fort White is loacted at the intersection of U.S Route 27 and Florida State Road 47. Most of the land is owned by family farms and forest. The town is named after an 1830s military fort. It is known as one of the closest towns to Ichetucknee Springs state park. Fort White Public school Historic District is located in the towns borders, the original school building was built in 1915.
Backstory and Context
Fort White High School was built in 1915 and the auditorium was added on in 1936. The last graduating class was in 1969 around the same time as desegregation and integration. The school was mostly of black so it was shut down due to there not being enough students to justify they were then sent on a bus to go to school 20 miles away at Columbia High. Ichetucknee state park opened and the county began to grow in population. Itchetucknee River and Springs located about 5 miles from Fort White is best for it's crystal clear water. Before 1970 Itchetucknee wasnt very known to the world. The spring did not have a road it was not marked either because it was private property so very few knew about it's existence. Today this springs has became one of the most popular tubing areas in the world.