About Us

Seminole Manor is a southside Tallahassee neighborhood with a core group of folks dedicated to making the world — particularly our little corner of it — better. As a neighborhood that has existed since the 1950s, there’s a lot of rich history and many stories to tell. This blog is a forum to address issues of safety, environmental education, habitat protection, affordable housing, property values, diversity, and community.

If you would like to know more, leave a comment on the blog.

CONTACT US by email: seminolemanorNA (at) gmail (dot) com

SEMINOLE MANOR distinctions

  • 2007 – City of Tallahassee Neighborhood of the Year (Large neighborhoods category)
  • 2008 – Leon County Neighbors of the Year – Roosevelt Jackson & Elvin F. Warren III
  • 2009 – Leon County Neighbor of the Year – Rob Rinehart




The Front Porch Library is a neighborhood children’s lending library that gets books into the hands of kids to promote literacy, community, and fun.  For more information, check out the website http://thefrontporchlibrary.com.




Seminole Manor’s first Community Garden is located in the center of the neighborhood.  It boasts a productive harvest every season with the most active times being winter and early summer.  Interested green thumbs can help sow, weed, and harvest during weekend work days.  Contact us by email (seminolemanorNA (at) gmail {dot} com) or drop by on a Saturday or Sunday.

In May 2012, SMNA began work on a new Community Garden to be located at the northwest corner of Roberts and Rankin.  The lot is approximately 185′ x 100′ — close to a half an acre.  Residents of Seminole Manor and adjacent neighbors will have individual plots and there will be shared space as well.  Volunteers are needed to build and maintain the garden.  Construction is planned for October 2012.



We have started compiling a list of the creatures spotted in the neighborhood. Add to the list in the comments below and we will post them. Give a date and a street name if you can.

9/23/2007  hummingbirds galore (Cates Ave)

9/15/2007 small woodpecker (traffic circle at Cates and Rankin)

9/01/2007 small reddish brown snake (Cates Ave)

3/20/2009 wood stork (near Rankin and Jackson Bluff)

3/21/2009 downy woodpecker (Cates Ave)

10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. John Erickson  |  October 18, 2007 at 8:24 am

    I have lived on Marcia for 1.6 years and have seen 91 species of birds in/from my yard. 10/14 I saw 2 bald eagles flying overhead. R.t. hummers have left until spring but 3 other species visit in the winter so keep the feeders filled.

  • 2. Rob R  |  December 14, 2007 at 9:36 am

    Don’t forget our family of owls:-) I haven’t seen them lately, but know they are around.

  • 3. John Erickson  |  March 5, 2008 at 10:08 am

    The Barred owls are nesting now so it is too late to install a nesting box in the neighborhood. I would like to propose building or buying one for next year and having a discussion on placement. They are not nesting in the neighborhood this year but are near by. Also, hummingbirds will be returning the second week of March so clean your feeders!

  • 4. Linda Sims-Davis  |  May 22, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    I have cardnails, wrens, chiadies and tit mouses…no squrrials because of the red-tail hawk that hunts in my yard…have seen egales, too sitting on the top of the powerpoles…mourniing doves, brown thrashers and mocking birds…they are everywhere…welcome srping!

  • 5. lindalou  |  June 7, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    I have a brown tail hawk whose hunting range now includes my yard. Twice this week, as I went out my back door…an adult brown hawk has flown past me as I went down the stairs. At my eye level giving me a clear view of it’s back side (as it flew to the top of Chris & Amy’s large oak) across the street. Googled hawks (images) and found him…this is why I have very few squirrels, even though I have five bird feeding points in my yard and a bird bath with fresh water (new every day).

  • 6. John Erickson  |  November 4, 2008 at 11:07 am

    There is a grey and white fluffy tailed cat stalking birds at my feeders. If this cat is a pet it should be kept indoors where pets belong. Stray animals in the neighborhood are a problem.

  • 7. John Erickson  |  December 23, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    The Barred Owls are strangely silent or non-existent. If you hear one in the next few weeks it may be me calling them. If they are around they come within 5 minutes of my call. I would like to place a nesting box ( I will build it) for them but do not want it in my yard. Any offers? I still have a cat problem in my backyard habitat.

  • 8. Adrian Fogelin  |  December 25, 2008 at 9:59 am

    We’ve noticed the scarcity of owls as well, although we have heard a few calls from our back yard lately (not attributable to you John). When they are here they frequently roost in the live oak in the tree behind my Dad’s old house (now owned by us). We’d be glad to have a nest box back there. Because of the dog in the adjacent yard cats are not a problem. The address is 1568 Marcia. You can email me or call 580-4678–or we can cross paths while you are out taking your cup of coffee for its morning walk. –Adrian

  • 9. Mike Griffith  |  January 26, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I lived at 3846 Roswell Dr. (corner of Roswell & Marcia — northside) from 68′-86′. I remember seeing many birds but as a kid I could care less. No that I’m older I would appreciate the birds. I still remember when we had 3 large buildings on Roberts Ave. that were wareshouses for the army in WW2.

  • 10. Mike H  |  February 16, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Kate and I live on Cates in one of Becky’s houses. I just wanted to spread the word about the Great Backyard Bird Count happening 2/18 – 2/21/2011. Visit http://www.birdcount.org for additional info and instructions.

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