Yankeetown was founded in 1923 by the Indiana politician and lawyer Armanis F. Knotts who lived in Yankeetown, Indiana. He was drawn to to Yankeetown, Florida due to his love for hunting, fishing, and the outdoors.
The name Yankeetown came from a local mail carrier who always referred to Knotts’ small settlement as “that Yankee town”. Yankeetown had a population of 491 as of July 1, 2018, shrinking to about 200 during the summer months.
Our small towns are located at the south end of Levy County and are part of the Nature Coast of Florida. We consider our beautiful “old Florida” towns your gateway to the Gulf of Mexico where you can “Follow That Dream” to an abundance of outdoor activities including boating, sailing, fishing, camping, hiking, bicycling, paddling, and birding on the river or gulf. When you visit Florida, be sure to come see our neck of the woods. You’ll experience Florida as it was meant to be.
Elvis Presley, also known as The King of Rock and Roll, spent time in Yankeetown and Inglis while he was shooting the movie Follow That Dream. You can take “Follow That Dream Parkway” (CR40) to the bridge at Bird Creek and see where the beach scenes for the movie were shot. While he was in the area, Elvis rented a house in Crystal River and enjoyed our local down-home hospitality.
Today, Yankeetown’s moss-draped oaks shade tidy homes. Some are tin-roofed cottages as old as the town itself, which makes you feel like you are stepping back in time. An integral part of Florida’s Nature Coast, Inglis and Yankeetown can still offer our visitors the real flavor of Old Florida.
Yankeetown and the Nature Coast are natural wonders and Florida at its best.