Downtown Marianna in 1910.

Our Communities

Despite the challenges endured by the Legacy Community members, their resiliency and commitment to one another are apparent in their attitudes and their history. Descriptions of daily life in these communities are filled with stories centered around community and family. People took care of one another to ensure that no one would go hungry, and it was common to have community members drop off “extra” preserves with other families who may need additional help.

Residents described the open-door type policies that were just a normal part of the community culture and how fruit trees used to line the streets for everyone to enjoy. These communities have endured tragedy, discrimination, and disinvestment, but due to the commitment of community members, there are new opportunities for positive growth.

All visitors are met with kindness, hospitality, and open arms. There has been overwhelming support from the community to increase tourism activities in their areas. The residents of each unique community recognize that their stories have value and are looking forward to sharing them with anyone willing to listen. The following community profiles highlight those stories.