Frenchtown Heritage Festival Celebrates The Community

By: Letisha Bush Email
By: Letisha Bush Email

The first annual Frenchtown Heritage Festival brought together the community and attracted some out of town visitors.

The festival is the third initiative funded by a the Volunteer Generation Fund. The $25,000 grant was given to Leon County based on it's ability to address issues like economic recovery.

Folks took the time to get to know Frenchtown a little better. The historic landmark, The Taylor House, was open for people to tour before it's opening in the fall.

" There is a lot of value that can be added to any community as people know how they've grown from the challenges they've overcome and the lessons learned to be successful," said a festival goer.

The festival was created to bring the Frenchtown community together and to celebrate it's heritage.


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  • by Thomas on Aug 8, 2011 at 02:56 PM
    The total grant for this festival was not $25K and security was not necessary, I was there along with many families and children that had their faces painted and were running around having a good time. Despite the image portrayed by people (here and around town), Frenchtown is not as bad as it is made out to be. Ongoing issues are being addressed by residents who have been working hard to make the changes and improvements that have occurred over the past 10 or so years. It would definitely help if people would stop talking bad about Frenchtown and contribute to the redevelopment. So far, revitalization efforts of the community have brought many good people, and even a business or two to Frenchtown.
  • by Franklin on Aug 7, 2011 at 10:49 AM
    My post of 8/7/11 left out a couple of things. First My family is white and the businesses (Bill the Tailor and Star's Macomb Street Market) we patronized, did not require that we have a police escort back in the mid 60's. What happened over the years as Frenchtown became a place noted for criminal activity, the police did attempt to crack down. The problem was that the local black 'reverends' and other activists screamed and yelled that it is just pure racism. OK, so the police backed off to a point, the years pass and Frenchtown as it now exists is a crime ridden hot spot for everything from murder, to crack, to prostitution in numbers which far exceed anything 45 or so years ago. The neighborhood had a chance to fix things but they blew it by listening to their 'leaders' with the misplaced brains.
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      by Jim on Aug 7, 2011 at 05:53 PM in reply to Franklin
      I agree.....
  • by Drake Location: TLH on Aug 7, 2011 at 06:41 AM
    How many armed robberies, stabbings and shootings?
  • by Franklin on Aug 7, 2011 at 06:17 AM
    Bill the Tailor: Where my sister used to take her son's pants for alterations. Star's Macomb St. Market: Pete was the meat market manager. It's where my Mom would go to buy good beef.
  • by shoeonothrefoot on Aug 7, 2011 at 06:10 AM
    Now, all those who were ugly on the Fisher's story yesterday, should we get on here and say, "so what". Who would get excited about a part of town that people continually tear up, do prostitution in no matter how hard the cops try to stop it, and drugs on every corner. Something really to be proud of, huh!
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      by TIR on Aug 7, 2011 at 10:54 AM in reply to shoeonothrefoot
      It doesn't matter what you white people say because I still could CARE LESS about the snotnose brat of a child...so suck it up....SHEESH.
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        by me on Aug 7, 2011 at 04:52 PM in reply to TIR
        Obviously you care because you responded. And you seem angry... just a little angry. Do you need a hug?
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        by Jim on Aug 7, 2011 at 05:51 PM in reply to TIR
        Irrelevant..
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        by JustMyThoughts on Aug 8, 2011 at 09:16 AM in reply to TIR
        You sound like what all white people are use to seeing... angry black man.
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          by Anonymous on Aug 8, 2011 at 11:05 AM in reply to JustMyThoughts
          Add 'uneducated' to the list of adjectives.
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        by Jethro T. Town, Florida on Aug 8, 2011 at 12:00 PM in reply to TIR
        Responding to TIR. You are in fact a snotnose! The proper term would be: "I COULD NOT care-less!"...You thug...Now you snotnosed punk, just suck-it-up, go lick your wounds, and learn the English Language! Go wipe that snot from your nose, you snotnose! WORD!
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        by TIR on Aug 8, 2011 at 03:51 PM in reply to TIR
        Why do you white folks get so annoyed at TIR, she/he simply gives the exact to you that you give to black people on this site on each and every black story. You can call me uneducated, angry, etc., but the truth of the matter is, it kills each and every one of you that I have the freedom to talk about the TRASH that is the white race and from the responses I get from the white trash, I would say I do one heck of a good job.... I think it makes you feel good to assume I am angry, uneducated, etc. and if it does, go for it....TOODLES.
  • by Surprise Location: leon county on Aug 7, 2011 at 03:01 AM
    Sounds like another tax payer $$$$ make over coming up get your wallets out. (wink)
  • by Anonymous on Aug 7, 2011 at 02:14 AM
    A heritage of years of smoking crack and prostitution!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 6, 2011 at 06:59 PM
    I hope they hired security with some of that 25 grand. French town hasnt had anything to sell a brate in 40 years. The rapes robberies murders and druggie low lifes that cant keep it off the streets have turned that hidden little corner of Tallahasee into a herploid coldsore that we cover up every few years with some Oinkment from grants and special interest groups. Feed the pony and ride. Like a drugstore Nickle ride its fun and it makes noise then you walk away from it. No one wants to admit what these areas around town that have turned to U No ? have in common. You people are weak jokes. I hope next year I can be prepared and hand out lists with all/or some of the police and criminal activity in that area in within the last ehh 10 years. I'd probably have to rent a trailer to haul it. I hope someone was out warning people in which direction to not go in that area and dont stay too late.
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      by Danny on Aug 7, 2011 at 08:36 AM in reply to
      First of all I think there is so much that could be learned from having this. Tallahassee already has a Greek, Italian, Asian festival and they are fantastic. So Mr (sell a brate) OMG learn to spell, stop being so negative. From a white guy who lives in Killearn, rides a Harley, and DID NOT vote for Obama.
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        by Brutal Capital City, Florida on Aug 7, 2011 at 09:59 AM in reply to Danny
        Danny, I beg your pardon, but These things you say happen from time to time, the Greek Italian Asian festivals you blog are "fantastic" do not require a bond inniative or a "revitalization" every two years! There is a reason it's called "Frenchtown!" It's because that place was a slum many generations ago, populated by a whole bunch of migrants from France. Frenchtown has come to mean something else in the last 100 years. The new definition is 'some crazy place where you go to committ a crime, and score some weed' and leave as soon as possible. Thankyou Danny in Killearn. If you didn't vote for President Obama, I hope you did not vote for that dude that sold-out his squadron when a guest at the Hilton.
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          by Danny on Aug 7, 2011 at 10:26 AM in reply to Brutal Capital City, Florida
          Just trying to put something positive into this. The "Heritage Festival would be a good thing for everybody.
  • by Hunter Location: TLH on Aug 6, 2011 at 06:49 PM
    Were there any French people there?
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      by Anonymous on Aug 8, 2011 at 11:07 AM in reply to Hunter
      They have all long since moved out. They arrived in poverty and worked their way out. Too bad those who are there now don't have the same work ethic. Their idea of working is voting for Obummer and asking him for freebies.
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