McIntosh is on U.S. Highway 441 about 20 miles south of Gainesville and about 6 miles south of Micanopy.
The name of the town may come from an early planter named Col. John Houstoun McIntosh who owned a plantation in the area from the 1820s until it was destroyed by Seminole Indians during the Second Seminole War (1835-1842).
Citrus groves began to thrive in the area after the Civil War, and oranges were shipped via Orange Lake on the shore of McIntosh to Palatka on the St. Johns River.
In 1881 the railroad came to town and McIntosh began to prosper as new markets were opened to citrus and vegetables shipped up North.
Many of the houses in this town were built during this period. The material of choice was hard yellow pine, and the architecture is Florida Cracker, Gothic Revival, Queen Anne, and Bungalow.
You have to get off US Highway 441 and drive east a block or two to get into the old part of town with its historic old homes and buildings. When you do, you will see an authentic Old Florida village that is home and work place to real people, not a gentrified made up town like so many these days.
The town was incorporated in 1913 and has remained pretty much the same since I first visited it in 1963. Residents say that it hasn't changed much in almost 100 years.
The McIntosh Historic District is a U.S. historic district established in 1983. The district includes most of what you will see as you travel through the quiet streets of this town.
One of the 75 buildings included in this district is the McIntosh Presbyterian Church. It is an example of Carpenter Gothic Architecture. It was built in 1907 and still serves an active congregation
The narrow quiet streets, many of them unpaved, are shaded from the Florida sun by centuries old oak trees draped with Spanish Moss.
Places to visit near McIntosh:
RECOMMENDED MCINTOSH/MICANOPY RESTAURANT