Burnsed Blockhouse, Near St. Mary's River, Macclenny, Baker County, FL
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Near St. Mary's River, Macclenny vicinity, FL
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS FL-399
Building/structure dates: 1832 initial construction
These drawings were donated to the H/H collection by the University of Florida's College of Architecture; the drawings were produced by architecture students at the University of Florida who chose to participate in the preservation option of the architecture school curriculum. The drawings, therefore, are the work of students.
Significance: The Burnsed Blockhouse was built circa 1832 by James M. Burnsed, who is said to have stood on his head at the ridge of the structure after its completion. As the name implies, the original structure may have been constructed as a non-military defense against the Seminole Indians, whose movements along the St. Mary's River could be observed from the site. This is further indicated by the gunports cut into the logs, but which were never knocked out for use. The structure is an example of excellent pioneer craftsmanship, as exhibited by the precision fit of hewn logs and their half-dovetail joinery. The Burnsed House is also known as the Brown House due to the subsequent occupation by the families of Hugh and G. C. Brown from circa 1881 to 1950.
Indians Of North America
Burnsed, James M.
Brown, G. C.
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
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