Rosewood Avalon is a beautiful Red Hills quail plantation consisting of 3,660± acres in Jefferson County, Florida, and in a neighborhood of other high-quality plantations such as Turkey Scratch, Oak Hill, El Destino, and Pinewoods. Rosewood Avalon is a beloved portion of the much larger 30,000± acre Avalon Plantation and has been managed for wildlife, notably quail, but offers excellent deer and turkey hunting opportunities along the hardwood edges and creek frontage. The quail courses meander through stands of gorgeous old pines and along beautiful rolling topography. The current owner has been one of our country’s most dedicated conservationists and Rosewood Avalon has been the beneficiary of his passion for land in how well it has been cared for over the years.
Just the Facts
- 3660± acre Red Hills quail plantation in Jefferson County, Florida
- Beautiful, mature timbered quail courses and gorgeous rolling hills
- One of the beloved holdings of the 30,000± acre Avalon Plantation
- Located at US 19 and HWY 27 south of Monticello in an exclusive neighborhood of other plantations including Turkey Scratch, El Destino, Oak Hill, and Pinewoods
- Located just 8 minutes to Monticello, 30 minutes to Thomasville, and 20 minutes to Tallahassee with convenient access to I-10
- Well-managed timber production program
- Exceptional stands of hardwoods, beautiful live oaks, and approximately two miles of creek frontage providing excellent habitat for deer and turkey
- Not yet protected by a conservation easement; exceptional and strategic conservation easement donation potential for a new owner
- Great location for accessing recreational opportunities along the Big Bend of Florida with nearby Aucilla and Wacissa Rivers within minutes and the Gulf less than an hour from Rosewood
- 2.5± miles of frontage on Highway 27/19, approximately two miles on US19 (the Florida-Georgia Parkway), and 5.3± miles on WPA Road
- Historical records for Rosewood Plantation date back to Burwell McBride, who moved to Florida from South Carolina in the 1830s. The land was eventually in the hands of his granddaughter and her husband, Asa May, considered one of the wealthiest planters in north Florida during his time.
- A complete boundary survey was recently completed (2020)
For an outdoorsman, the Red Hills provides more than just interesting hunting pursuits. It offers the enjoyments that come from being a part of a community that treasures these pastimes, and this enriches the experience for an owner and the owner’s family. If you don’t understand what I’m saying, you simply need to come and visit the area. It is unlike any locale where hunters can experience quality outdoor recreation while having convenient access to a vibrant community that deeply supports the hunting heritage.
Rosewood Avalon is in excellent condition. The property has been very well cared for and will make ownership enjoyable from the start. The quality of the hunting diversity is impressive, and the property is wildlife rich. The per-acre price for Rosewood Avalon is very attractive for the general region and will allow an owner to stretch his dollars and own a substantial piece of land.
Rosewood Avalon is located in Jefferson County, Florida, in the southern region of the Red Hills plantation belt, approximately eight minutes south of Monticello with frontage on the Florida-Georgia Parkway (US 19), Highway 27, and WPA Road. In a neighborhood of other plantations and high-quality properties, Rosewood Avalon is adjacent to thousands of acres of Avalon and nearby to El Destino, Oak Hill, Turkey Scratch, and Pinewoods plantations. Of note, the Florida side of the belt is generally more sought-after due to the state’s friendly tax environment for those residing or those considering establishing residence in Florida.
The Thomasville Municipal Airport is 40 minutes from Rosewood Avalon and has a 6,004 foot runway for private aviation. Tallahassee International Airport is 35 minutes from the plantation offering both private and public air transportation.
Located between Thomasville, Georgia, and Tallahassee, Florida, the Red Hills Region is a 300,000-acre area known for its rolling hills, red clay soils, and diverse ecosystems. It had long been a winter destination for wealthy northerners who came for the mild weather and quail hunting. Sportsmen found that quail and other game flourished in the region and the fast burst on a covey rise was an excitement beyond comparison. It motivated these early landowners to pull together the resources to study and detail the best land management practices in these upland ecosystems. This is ultimately credited with leading to a restoration and preservation of inspiring proportions in the region. The Red Hills was designated one of America’s “Last Great Places” by the Nature Conservancy, and what it offers for a wing-shooting enthusiast and outdoorsman, simply cannot be found elsewhere.
Tallahassee is Florida’s capital city and home to three universities, several museums, two large hospitals, and a variety of shopping and dining options. Last year, it was ranked a top-ten southern city by Southern Living magazine. Thomasville is nothing short of charming and was recently labeled the second best historic small town in the country by USA Today. Its original brick roads have been uncovered along many of the downtown streets. Visitors enjoy delightful dining options, boutiques, and the many shops featuring everything from high-end sporting attire to locally-made handcrafted goods.
Just eight minutes north of Rosewood Avalon is the quaint town of Monticello. The iconic Jefferson County Courthouse stands at the center of town at the roundabout where the Georgia-Florida Parkway (US19) intersects with Highway 90. A historical inventory of the city identified nearly 600 buildings that were built before 1930. There are a number of casual dining options, boutiques and antique shops, a farmer’s market, and several historic bed and breakfasts. Jefferson County reaches from the Georgia line down to the Gulf of Mexico and, interestingly, is the only county in Florida without a single stoplight.
The Red Hills Region has a subtropical climate and offers long warm summers and the most pleasant and mild of winters. Between November and March, the temperatures average 68 degrees and low temperatures on average are 43 degrees. Rainfall usually peaks in March and during the summer months, with average annual rainfall of 54 inches.
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.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
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. A complete boundary survey was recently completed (2020).
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.
Based upon recent years, the annual property taxes for Rosewood Avalon are estimated at $12,450.
At Rosewood Avalon, it is important to know that the land is in excellent condition and very little “woods work,” if any, is needed for a new owner to begin recreating on the property immediately. The property has benefited tremendously from being owned by a man that is very committed to the betterment of his immense land holdings. A beautiful and diverse property, Rosewood Avalon offers exceptional recreational hunting opportunities. When like-minded neighbors manage their land similarly, everyone benefits, and this property has great neighbors. There are eight quail courses that wind over rolling hills of beautiful mature timber. All hunters know that transition areas, commonly referred to as“edge,” create habitat diversity and having “edge” will hold larger populations of wildlife on a property. The landscape composition at Rosewood Avalon is ideal and largely why the property is so wildlife rich and “gamey.” Mature hardwood bottoms meander through the property, but in a unique way that keeps large swathes of upland habitat intact, which is important for the propagation of wild quail. Along these hardwood edges, wildlife food plots are found throughout the property and are regularly the location of successful hunts that produce 140-150+ inch class bucks. Of all the 30,000 acres at Avalon, the land manager said Rosewood is one of the best spots for turkey.
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