Ambition to Commemorate
Ambition to Illuminate
Ambition to Activate
Ambition to Celebrate
Ambition to Negotiate
Ambition to Educate
Ambition to Create
Ambition to Innovate
Ambition to Elevate
Ambition to Commemorate
Ambition to Illuminate
Ambition to Activate
Ambition to Celebrate
Ambition to Negotiate
Ambition to Educate
Ambition to Create
Ambition to Innovate
Ambition to Elevate

Tallahassee – Leon County Bicentennial

1824-2024
Ambitious from the Beginning

We stand at the edge of a new century. In 2024, our community has an opportunity to celebrate the past through our 200th anniversary while embracing the next 100 years. More than an anniversary, we extend an invitation to residents and visitors alike to join us as we honor our story and the powerful next chapter we are poised to write.

Tallahassee’s story is profound. We are a community of doers, dreamers and believers. Our ambition endures to innovate, commemorate, illuminate, activate, educate, negotiate, elevate, celebrate, create, and appreciate. Come join us. 

This website will continually evolve throughout 2024, including a robust calendar of events, so check back often.  

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Tallahassee - Leon County Fun Facts

The strongest magnet on earth is located at FSU’s “MagLab”

700+ miles of trails to hike, bike, run, paddle, or ride

A capital city for more than a thousand years

Host of the 2026 World Athletics Cross Country Championships

Tallahassee/Leon County Fun Facts

The strongest magnet on earth is located at FSU’s “MagLab”
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700+ miles of trails to hike, bike, run, paddle, or ride
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75+ miles of scenic canopy roads
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A capital city for more than a thousand years
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A birder’s paradise, located on two migratory flyways
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Home to the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed private residence in Florida, the Spring House
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Host of the 2026 World Athletics Cross Country Championships
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A Southern Living Top 10 City in the South
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Many people who have heard the story of Tallahassee’s founding think of it as a simple affair. In order to create a central location for Florida’s capital and territorial legislature, merging the Spanish-created West Florida and East Florida.

Some of Tallahassee’s history is not readily apparent and it begins with the antebellum period when the plantation-driven economy was dependent upon enslaved people of African descent.

The St. Petersburg Independent newspaper called Tallahassee’s 1924 centennial commemoration “the finest celebration ever held in Florida.” That was the type of praise lauded upon Tallahassee’s centennial efforts of November 9-15, 1924.

Kathryn Belle Long was and will always be a daughter of the red clay hills of Tallahassee. Her love song “Tallahassee” written for her hometown is like no other.

Limited resources are available to assist non-profit organizations interested in participating in Bicentennial events, programming, and activities.

Almost 12,000 years ago, people inhabited this area.  They established settlements, created some of the finest Native American pottery ever made, and traded with places as far away as the Great Lakes.