Just south of McIntosh, FL on U.S. 441 lies the Orange Lake Overlook (OLO).

The OLO (pronounced oh-low) is an incredible wildlife corridor. There are eagles’ nests all over the place. Every morning in the winter, the sandhill cranes use the hill as a runway.

It’s also a microcosm for Florida’s cultural heritage, beginning with Timucuan Indians, who used the site as a winter campground. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries it became part of a very affluent and prestigious agricultural scene. The railroad went through there and McIntosh was one of the wealthiest towns in Florida. The entire 300-acre hill was planted with citrus. The little buildings and mill on top of the hill became the Ollie Huff citrus shop and packing house. 

Sean Dowie

The now abandoned citrus shop and stunning view shed has served as a hub for a wide range of artists and has acted as a catalyst for conserving some of the best views of “old Florida”, or real Florida in the region through their artwork.

Today we have a chance to conserve the views forever. As of February 5, 2019 Alachua Conservation Trust has the 71 acre property under contract, but it is not ours yet. Together, we have until November 8, 2019 to save this property for people and wildlife.

ACT needs to raise close to $1.7 million dollars to purchase the land, cover due DILIGENCE, and renovate the historic citrus shop so it is safe for public use.

Will you join us?

Banner image provided by Sean Dowie