Beautiful pasture in the McIntosh area...
Quiet, Quaint...and always feels like "home"
Take a step back in time to the Victorian era, with beautiful architecture, lovely country atmosphere and located just 20 miles south of Gainesville, and just 20 miles north of beautiful Ocala. Century-old grandaddy oak trees pepper this breathtaking area with a real flavor of "old Florida."
The first known records of McIntosh were desribed in a 1851 diary. The passage was written by George Houstoun who described it as a plantation owned by Col. John Houstoun and was destroyed during the Second Seminole War in the early 1820's. Records and deed confirmations date back to the same time frame where a Col. McIntosh lost his sugar mill also to the destruction of indians. Although never owning the township itself, he was well-known in both the community and in the Georgia 4th Regiment that the town may have been indeed named after him.
Lovely Victorian charm...
Nehemiah Brush purchased 4,000 acres of the Arrendondo Spanish Land Grant that today includes McIntosh. His son, Col. Charles Brush, also with Eugene and Julia Brush (Van Ness) developed the area into buildilng lots and 10 acre plots for growing citrus.
McIntosh's proximity to Orange Lake (and being connected to the St. John's River) allowed the oranges being grown to be taken by ferry up the river for distribution. In 1881, after the Cival War, the Florida Southern Railway introduced a rail system to the area which also aided in the citrus economy by not only shipping citrus, but also vegetables from local farms and being able to accomodate passengers. The completion of the Florida Southern Railroad helped to stimulate development in the area and the McIntosh Depot was born in 1895.
Col. Brush filed the first plat in 1885 and to help promote the growth of the area offered to donate a lot within a residential area "to any settler who will build a house of a certain value." The second plat was filed in 1888 in anticipation of commercial development. Between the late 1880's and early 1900's the residential homes in the area were frame homes built from hard yellow pine in the "cracker" style, Gothic Revival, Queen Anne & Bungalow.
McIntosh City Hall, FL
By 1895 McIntosh had bloomed into an expanding town and was incorporated in 1913 by an act of the legislature. Agriculture still proved to be the strongest push of the economy and prospered in the early 20th century. The railroad also brought in tourists looking for fresh hunting territory and to fish in Orange Lake. After the devastating freezes that wiped out most of the citrus groves, the plantations were typically abandoned, and even driving through today you will see many remnants of the old groves lining up pastures, being overtaken by the Florida underbrush and dotting the sides of homes in formation. 1974 marked the passing of the last citrus train pulling through McIntosh. Farmers turned to more versatile venues of horse and cattle ranches, which replaced much of the old groves.
Old Florida citrus grove being taken back by nature...
The Old Wire Road, a dirt route for wagons and stagecoaches and currently US Hwy 441, was eventually paved along with some of the other predominant streets of McIntosh. This created a movement of the commercial industries to move away from the railroad and progress to the highway.
In 1991 McIntosh hosted the movie filming of "Doc Hollywood" starring Michael J. Fox and Woody Harrelson.
Doc Hollywood, filmed in McIntosh, FL
McIntosh is also host of the famous "McIntosh Festival" where over 300 antiques & craft vendors gather, including entertainment, food and events all day long. Admission is free and the entire family is welcome!
McIntosh Festival, held anually every fall
Most of McIntosh is unchanged from the 1930's, which gives it fabulous "old time" atmosphere - and a place that will forever be held near and dear to your heart.
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