Archer is located in Alachua County and is 30 minutes from Gainesville. It's named after James Archer, the former Secretary of State for Florida. It's a small rural community. Homes for rent allow families to play a game of baseball at one of the town's two baseball parks, enjoy a community festival at the area's pavilions or check out High Springs, an area of caves where people can go diving!
Facts for Renters
Archer was initially known as Deer Hammock in the 1840s and '50s. Settlers were known for their hunting skills, growing their own food and living in wooden cabins. David Yulee changed the town name to Archer after his good friend. Yulee owned one of the large plantations in the area. He was credited with bringing the railroad to Archer. The town's businesses slowly developed around the tracks. By 1844, the town had nine general stores, a sawmill, three saloons, a hotel and a few other businesses.
After the Civil War, it was believed that one of the Confederates buried his share of gold in Archer. It has yet to be found.
These days the streets are still lined with many historical homes. On the first Saturday of every June, the town comes together to celebrate Yulee Railroad Days in honor of Yulee.