Rosewood Avalon’s 3,660± acres are managed for wildlife and timber, but are unimproved aside from a good road system throughout the property. This makes the plantation a blank slate for new owners to come in and customize to best suit their own tastes and preferences and a new owner won’t be saddled with the upkeep of old and obsolete buildings, which is often an issue on a number of these longstanding plantations.
Rosewood Avalon is 3,660± acres well-managed for wildlife and timber. Two-thirds of the land is in productive upland pine woods and approximately one-third of the plantation consists of beautiful stands of hardwoods and water. The topography is beautiful and rolling.
Rosewood Plantation’s history dates back to the 1830s when Burwell McBride moved to Jefferson County from South Carolina. It was a new frontier, but with fertile soils for planting, many opportunists migrated to the area and numerous plantations were established here by the mid-1800s.
Upon McBride’s death in 1848, the plantation was run by his daughter, Caroline, a widow, until 1855 when it passed to her son-in-law, Asa May, and his wife, Margaret. Asa May was noted as one of the wealthiest planters in North Florida at the time and served in various civic leadership roles after the War Between the States.
The original Rosewood house, built for Burwell McBride around 1836 soon after he arrived in Florida, is still standing and in beautifully restored condition. It is located on US 19 just north of Highway 27 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. The house and an acre were divided out from the rest of the plantation sometime in the 1900s and is under private ownership.
Today, this part of the county is known as the unincorporated town of Capps. Blink and you’ve missed it, but at one time it was a bustling settlement. In the mid-1900s, Tungston Plantation was a 16,000-acre tung oil tree plantation, and Tungston unofficially became its own town with dozens of residences for employees, filling stations, a café, a mill, and even a bowling alley.
Based upon recent years, the annual property taxes for Rosewood Avalon are estimated at $12,450.