Jasper Real Estate

Set in the North Florida lowlands 83 miles west of Jacksonville, 90 miles east of Tallahassee, 35 miles south of Valdosta Georgia, 32 miles north of Lake City, the town was founded close to supplies but far enough away to retain some independence and solitude. Jasper is believed to rest on land originally thought to be the site of Miccosukee Indians, a sub tribe of the Seminole nation. The 1823 Treaty of Moultrie bought the Indian lands and the population was required to move east of the Suwannee River. This allowed settlers to move into the area. A suspected Indian burial mound is located at Baisden Swamp just on the outskirts of Jasper. Six miles north of Jasper along the Alapaha River an established Indian village called Halato Micco once stood, suggesting the type of Indian inhabiting the area where artifacts of pottery, spear points, and arrowheads are often found.

During the Second Seminole War (1835-42) pioneers throughout Hamilton County began assembling into a frontier village for mutual protection against Indian raids. By the end of the war, they were referring to their little clearing in the wilderness as ‘Jasper’ in honor of the Sergeant William Jasper, one of the best known ‘Southern’ heroes of the Revolutionary War.

Sergeant Jasper had recovered the patriot flag in the face of British cannon fire during the battle of Fort Moultrie, June 28, 1776 just days before the Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776). Jasper was later killed in the attack on British held Savannah, Georgia in 1779. Many of the first wave of pioneers who emigrated to Florida in the 1820’s and 1830’s were from South Carolina.

The town was located on the old Georgia-Florida military/wagon road that later (1930’s) became US 41. During the last year of the Civil War (1865), Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, ordered a railroad constructed between Live Oak, Florida and Lawton, Georgia to deliver Florida beef and vegetables to Lee’s besieged Confederate Army of Northern Virginia defending Richmond. The railroad ran through downtown Jasper. It was too late to save the Confederacy but proved to be an economic asset to Jasper linking it with Savannah for cotton, timber, and produce export.

Today the City of Jasper owns the old Confederate railroad bed inside the city limits (Central Avenue) and Progress Energy owns the abandoned beds north and south of the city. The Georgia Southern Railroad, traversed the town in 1885 linking Macon Georgia and Palatka Florida. Their tract remains active to this day as a freight line to PCS and Lake City.

Jasper’s economic prosperity from the Civil War (1861-65) to the Vietnam War (1965-75) was due primarily to the railroads that served the town. In the late 1960’s, the Federal Interstate Highway System was completed through north Florida and the age of railroads ended. But it was the railroads that built Jasper into the County Seat and the largest town in Hamilton County.


Jasper - Town vs. County Stats

Avg Price in Jasper: $338,800 / County Avg $319,800


Avg Sq. Ft. in Jasper: 1,720 / County Avg 1,603


Avg Price per/sqft in Jasper:$197 / County Avg $200


Avg Walkscore in Jasper: 12 / County Avg 12


Avg Year Built in Jasper: 1983 / County Avg 1986


Avg Days on Website in Jasper: 142 / County Avg 111


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