Bland, Florida

Coordinates: 29°54′08″N 82°29′56″W / 29.90222°N 82.49889°W / 29.90222; -82.49889
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Bland, Florida
CountryUnited States
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code352

Bland is an unincorporated community in northwestern Alachua County, Florida, United States. Cotton planters from Georgia and South Carolina settled in the area in the 1840s. The community briefly had a post office, from 1903 to 1906. The Alachua County School Board operated the Ogden School (Elementary School No. 49) for African-American students of the Bland community from the early 1900s until 1951. William Washington, who successfully homesteaded 102 acres (41 ha) in the Bland area, has been identified as an ancestor of Whoopi Goldberg.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ Bradbury, Alford G.; Hallock, E. Story (1962). A chronology of Florida post offices. Florida Federation of Stamp Clubs. p. 9.
  2. ^ "Bland Community - Ogden School". Explore Historic Alachua County. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  3. ^ Stewart, Sarah L. (February 3, 2006). "Documentary tells of Whoopi's ties to Alachua County". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved August 28, 2018.

29°54′08″N 82°29′56″W / 29.90222°N 82.49889°W / 29.90222; -82.49889