When locals refer to "Betton," they are referring to the Betton Hills and Betton Woods neighborhoods in Midtown Tallahassee.
These neighborhoods are location on a part of the historic Lafayette Land Grand. In 1825, the United States gave 23,000 acres of land to the Marquis de Lafayette in thanks for his aid during the Revolutionary War. The name "Betton" dates back to 1841 when Turbut Betton purchased 940 acres. Although the property changed hands, it was named Betton when it was developed in the 20th century by the late Guy and Pat Winthrop, the namesakes of Winthrop Park.
This neighborhood of approximately 800 homes began in the 1940s. Building continued through the 1950s and early '60s. New streets and homes were added in the 1970s and '80s as the city grew and expanded to the north. Betton Hills is bordered on the north by Woodgate Way, on the west by Thomasville Road, on the east by Centerville Road, and on the south by 7th Avenue.
Betton Hills is home to five public parks, which are managed by the City of Tallahassee:
Winthrop Park includes baseball/softball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, a large shaded playground, rose gardens, and plenty of open green space.
Guyte B. McCord Park features a paved path connecting Trescott to Armistead, several unpaved trails, a large pond, and a dog play area. This park is home to the Betton Hills Community Garden. (More info HERE)
Harriman Circle Park contains a pond, native vegetation, and is home to migrating Canadian geese, ducks, and other local wildlife.
Chittendon Park contains rose gardens, benches, and quiet space.
Betton Nature Center contains trails that connect to McCord Park, interpretive signs, and a large fire pit.
Kate Sullivan Elementary
Cobb Middle School
Leon High School
Betton Hills neighborhood sign