Archer Florida

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Archer is a gentle place with a peaceful environment. An organization called the Children's Table collects and distributes food to poor families. It is certainly most representative of the town's character and should rank as the most important movement in town. The Landmark Independent Baptist Church offers Sunday morning worship and exemplary spiritual support to its flock. Archer has United Methodist, Presbyterian and 6 other Churches though less than 2 thousand people are resident here. It is rare to see such intense religious cover in our age.

The median home value is about $ 55 thousand only. The cost of living is below the national average. The Jordan Glen School has about 85 girls and boys in Kindergarten and Grades 1-8. There is also a Community School in Archer. Immigrants from South America and other parts of the third world can adjust to life in Archer much better and quicker than in many other parts of the United States. Gilbert Pearson who helped found the Audubon Society was a resident of Archer, and serious birders still make an annual November pilgrimage to Archer to attend an event in his honor.

Archer was built by the Florida Rail Road in the middle of the 19th century on land which sited the town of Deer Hammock. It is known for having stashed the Confederate Treasury after the Civil War and for the 1876 unsolved mystery of Democrat legislators voting for a Republican candidate. This town where 25% have not completed High School, with 38% of all people of the Black race, a median income of less than $ 30 thousand and unemployment nudging 8%, works hard to erase some parts of its past.

The Monterey Boat Manufacturing Company is one of the largest industries in Archer. The Gator Trading Company has an enormous inventory of antiques and collectibles. You can find something on their shelves or the website for all occasions and settings from far corners of the world. A. J. B. Enterprises is in a similar line of business but focus on natural cypress wood. Their products are available with collectible stores nation-wide, apart from at their own Archer outlet. The Archer Animal Hospital has emergency and critical care services and looks after wildlife as well in conjunction with the University facilities. It has assiduously built a practice and a name through loving care and veterinary expertise. The Maddox Foundry has survived and is still in business, though there is zero demand for the magnificent locomotives they were originally set up to build.

The Archer Historical Society has carefully built a collection of documents and images about the town's history. It also maintains the Rail Road Museum that has landmark exhibits of Archer's past. The Masonic Lodge on Main Street is amongst the oldest structures in the town. It has functioned as a cinema and a store apart from a meeting place for Masons. The Town Hall is of the same approximate vintage as the Masonic Lodge and is an architectural treasure for its frame structure. It has served as a lodge and a recreation center until the first half of the 20th century. Archer looks forward to a glorious future that will obliterate some memories of its first days.

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