Rochelle, Florida

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Old Martha Perry Institute
Location of Rochelle, Florida

Rochelle is an unincorporated community in Alachua County, Florida, United States. It was found in the 1830s on a former native settlement and mission site.[1] Rochelle was at a junction on the Florida Southern Railway (later, the Plant System), with lines running to Gainesville, Ocala and Palatka. Citrus growing became important in the area, and in 1885 the town had two sawmills, two churches, two schools (Rochelle School, also known as the Martha Perry Institute, for whites, and a school for blacks), and a couple dozen houses. The Great Freeze of 1894–1895 destroyed the citrus industry in the area, and the town declined afterwards. The Rochelle School closed in 1935.[2]


Rochelle is located at 29°35′47″N 82°13′04″W / 29.59639°N 82.21778°W / 29.59639; -82.21778Coordinates: 29°35′47″N 82°13′04″W / 29.59639°N 82.21778°W / 29.59639; -82.21778 (29.59639, -82.21778).[3]


  1. ^ Pickard, John B. (2001). Historic Alachua County and old Gainesville : a tour guide to the past. Gainesville, FL: Alachua Press. ISBN 0967278864. OCLC 50765140.
  2. ^ "Rochelle School – Explore Historic Alachua County". Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.