James Burnside (Burnsed), born 1817, is credited with building what today is known as the Burnsed Block House. This structure is the last example of original block house architecture remaining in Florida.
One of a series of block house structures, it was constructed across the north Florida frontier by order of then Governor Andrew Jackson. Block houses acted as protective fortresses for settlers against raiding parties of Seminole Indians who were on the war path across Florida at that time.
Early in its history, the house was purchased by James Hugh Brown. His descendants, including Coll Brown for whom the house became known, occupied it for many generations.
Rescued from ruin and decay, the house was moved and restored and today stands as a unique testimony to the pioneer men and women whose rugged and determined spirit helped pave the way for generations of future Floridians.