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Macclenny in Baker County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Burnsed Block House

— Heritage Park Village —

 
 
Burnsed Block House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, September 21, 2022
1. Burnsed Block House Marker
Inscription.  In 1822-23, Florida's first Territorial Governor, Andrew Jackson, ordered a string of uniquely crafted block fortresses, with gun ports provided on the log walls, built for the purpose, of protecting pioneer settlers from hostile attacks. Only three can be traced and the only one to, survive was located five miles south of the community of Baxter in Baker County.

The first known resident of the block house is said to have been James M. Burnsed, (1817-1885) who constructed, the adjoining bedrooms and dog-trot kitchen converting the original block fortress into a livable home. It sheltered many families until the mid 1970s. In 1971, the historic frontier building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and noted as the earliest and best preserved hand hewn example of this type of building known to exist in Florida.

Eventually abandoned and deteriorating,it moved from its original site to a near-by local farm. In 2001, the historic fortress was donated to the City of Macclenny by its original owner Dr. Jean B. Dowling for preservation. It was moved to Heritage Park Village by a generous benefactor, W.W. Bill'
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Gay, CEO W.W Gay Construction Company of Jacksonville, State grants and contributions have made it possible for the restoration of this complex structure to be saved as a part of our past culture and valued legacy.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1822.
 
Location. 30° 16.73′ N, 82° 8.075′ W. Marker is in Macclenny, Florida, in Baker County. Marker can be reached from South Lowder Street south of West Railroad Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Marker located within Heritage Park Village. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 102 S Lowder St, Macclenny FL 32063, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Early Baker County Windmill (here, next to this marker); Harold and Fay Mathews Milton (a few steps from this marker); Postmaster Walter Turner (a few steps from this marker); Ernest Harvey Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Lula Thrift (within shouting distance of this marker); Olustree Memories (within shouting distance of this marker); Clyde Sands and Mamie Thrift (within shouting distance of this marker); Baker County Community School Museum (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Macclenny.
 
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Burnsed Block House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, September 21, 2022
2. Burnsed Block House Marker

1. Burnsed Block House. (Submitted on September 21, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
2. Heritage Park Village. (Submitted on September 21, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
 
Burnsed Block House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, September 21, 2022
3. Burnsed Block House
Burnsed Block House Wooden Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, September 21, 2022
4. Burnsed Block House Wooden Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 21, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 110 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 21, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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