Palatka in northeast Florida is one of the more interesting towns in the State. In 2015 we listed it as one of the 10 Funky Towns in Florida, mainly because it has an old history, interesting institutions, and a different vibe than most of Florida. It was founded by Denys Rolle, an English gentleman and philanthropist, who established Rollestown on the east bank of the St. Johns River at the head of deep-water navigation. His 78,000-acre plantation was a utopian commercial and humanitarian experiment, recruiting settlers off the streets of London, including paupers, vagrants, pickpockets and "penitent prostitutes." Unfortunately the utopian community didn't work out as planned. Today the city is coming out of an economic slump and is actively working toward redevelopment of its riverfront and downtown area.One of the key instiutions in the city is St. Johns River State College, which has approximately 10,000 students. Photo of old postcard of Lemon Street courtesy of Wikipedia; the VIking Center courtesy of Wikipedia and Mathew105601, both in the public domain.