Just up the road from Navarre Beach is the jewel known as historic downtown Milton along beautiful Blackwater River. Once the heart of a thriving riverside mill town, downtown has transformed into a walkable, entertainment area.
The area boasts a lovely bike trail, unique shopping, delicious food (Blackwater Bistro is a must) and a gorgeous riverfront walk (best spot for a family photo). This area is definitely worth dedicating a day of your vacation to explore.
Perhaps the best of the Blackwater is the Imogene Theatre.
Originally built as a public auditorium in 1912, the brick building was later purchased by Clyde Gooch. Gooch transformed it into a vaudeville style theater that would become a gem of the area. He named it after one of the first performers to take to its stage, his 7-year-old daughter Imogene Gooch.
Imogene was known as a sweet, talented and enchanting young lady, much like the theater that bears her name.
Fire has tried to claim the theater twice, and though those blazes did scorch many of the original wood architecture that made up Milton, the Imogene stood strong.
Over the years the theater has grown to include nationally know performances, a historic museum and even hosts weddings.
The building boast much of the same architecture it had back in the day, but the entertainment had definitely taken a step into the present.
Here are a few of the upcoming performances:
May 17 – Steve Earle & The Dukes 30th anniversary of Copperhead Road
May 26 – Cornbread Cosa Nostra in Milton, Florida at the Imogene Theatre
June 14 – Sold Out – Sammy Kershaw Live in Concert
July 20 – Ben Bailey, host of Cash Cab, stand-up comedy
Aug 24 – Stand Up Comedy- Greg Fitzsimmons
Oct 13 – Collin Raye Live in Concert
To reserve your spot for one of these upcoming shows go to theimogenetheatre.com. Then book your accommodations along some of Florida’s most beautiful beaches at navarrelistings.com.