Long Pond in Levy County is thought to have been formed along a fault line, caused by earthquake activity several thousand years ago.
History: By the time Florida was admitted to the Union in 1845, the small settlement of present-day Chiefland was being served by two stage-coach routes. One ran from Lukens, near Cedar Key, through Vista, and at Clay Landing turned toward Long Pond, running east. It is well defined on a Plat, part of which was drawn in 1843. The other route, it is said, came from the East coast and continued on to the northern part of the state. Today Chiefland is a small, modern, progressive town. U. S. Highways 19, 27A and 98 pass through it, making the town truly a crossroads. In 1974, the population was estimated to be 2,245. Chiefland has progressed so much that very few of the "frame buildings with tin roofs" remain, and I do not know the location of a single chinaberry tree, so prevalent in the Thirties. The stores are modern and offer every service to be found in any town of similar size in the state. The annual Watermelon Festival, staged in June, brings thousands of visitors to the town." Well-lighted streets, attractive homes, a progressive newspaper, a fully accredited school, numerous churches -- all help make Chiefland the major community of Levy County.