**2020 COVID-19 Update**
The 2020 McIntosh 1890s Festival has been cancelled.
It was a difficult decision based on our estimate of vendor and patron safety and advice and directives from
the State of Florida, the Marion County Board of County Commissioners, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office,
the Town of McIntosh Council, and input from McIntosh residents, churches, and not for profits.
Click here to download the press release.
Friends of McIntosh, Inc.
Post Office Box 436
McIntosh, Florida 32664
352.591.4038 – voicemail
Facebook PM: McIntosh 1890 Festival
Welcome to the authentic home of the McIntosh 1890's Festival!
look forward to seeing you next
Our October 2021 date will be determined at a later date.
For additional information or vendor applications, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with your request to our address.
Driving Directions to McIntosh.
The Town of McIntosh is on US 441 midway between Gainesville and Ocala, Florida.
For a map, click on the link below!
McIntosh, Florida, United States
If traveling from the North via I-75: Exit interstate at Micanopy, Exit #374. Turn left (East) onto CR234, continue to stop sign at US 441. Turn right (South) go approximately 6 miles.
If traveling from the South via I-75: Exit interstate at Irvine/Orange Lake, Exit #368. Turn right (East) onto CR318, continue to traffic light at US 441. Turn left (North) go approximately 3 miles.
The Friends of McIntosh, Inc. is a benevolent, non-profit organization chartered on September 26, 1973. Its primary purpose is to preserve and enhance the natural and historic beauty of McIntosh, and to promote and sponsor cultural and recreational activities while encouraging friendship, community spirit and understanding among people of all ages in McIntosh. Membership dues are $6 annually, but there is never a fee for senior citizens. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month in the Train Depot, Avenue G, McIntosh. Guests are always welcome.
The first undertaking of the Friends of McIntosh was the creation of a mini-park (now known as the McKoon - Hopwood Mini Park) next to the current post office. This park was dedicated on Oct. 28, 1973. They landscaped the plot and built and painted a fence with materials donated from businesses in both Gainesville and Ocala.
The next project was to obtain, move, and restore the old McIntosh train depot which was built prior to 1890. It had to be removed from the existing Seaboard Coastline's right-of-way. Activities held by the Friends to begin accruing the money to do such a task were holding bake sales, dinners and other events, but it was clear that more money would be needed. This was the origin of the festival.
The first festival was held on Oct. 19, 1974 as a fund raiser and originally called the McIntosh Gay Nineties Festival. It had an attendance of approximately 4,000 people. It has since grown and the Festival now hosts over 250 vendors and an estimated 35,000 visitors annually.
Each year the 1890's Festival raises money to fund additional projects in the community. The most noteworthy of these is the creation of a scholarship fund to assist local and area young people pursue their scholastic careers. Others have included a front-porch addition to the Community Center; the installation of playground equipment for the children; the Victorian-style lamp posts in the main park in the center of town, Van Ness Park; the clock in the Mini-Park; and the purchase of the old Carriage House adjacent to the depot. The Friends of McIntosh also support various organizations through donations, to organizations such as the American Heart Association, the local Emergency Assistance Fund, the Salvation Army and the Cub, Boy and Girl Scouts.
Light up McIntosh!
The Friends of McIntosh also established "Light Up McIntosh" in 1993. A decorating contest held each December, residents and business owners decorate their homes, businesses and the town for the Holidays. It is always a sight to behold! Come visit McIntosh one evening to see everyone's hard work!
Residents of McIntosh, enter either the Lighted Structure Contest or the Lighted Vehicle Contest (or both!) Bragging rights and a money prize is awarded to the top four places. Applications must be submitted by December 11th, 2018 to either McIntosh Town Hall or to Beverly Dodder.
Click Here for the Lighted Vehicle application
Click Here for the Lighted Structure application
The McKoon-Hopwood Mini Park.