The Wright Group Announces the Availability of El Destino, one of North Florida's Early Pioneer Plantations

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The Wright Group is pleased to announce the availability of El Destino Plantation. Located in the famed Red Hills of north Florida, El Destino Plantation consists of 4138+/- acres and represents an incredible opportunity to own one of the area's most diverse wildlife and recreational properties. Steeped in history, the Red Hills has long been noted by a discerning group of sporting enthusiasts as the quail capital of the world. The gently rolling landscape of pine, live oak and native grasses comprises approximately 300,000 acres and represents an incredibly diverse ecosystem. Consequently, this area represents the largest concentration of traditional quail hunting plantations in the United States.

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"Rarely does a property of this caliber, with such a rich and storied past, become available for sale," states Ben McCollum, broker at The Wright Group.

The history of the antebellum South lives on and is embodied in El Destino Plantation, located in the famed Red Hills of north Florida. Consisting of 4138+/- acres, El Destino has long been known for its fertile, rolling hills abounding with wildlife. The first European occupation of the property dates back to the establishment of a Spanish mission in 1655. Following the Indian Wars of 1817, the path was paved for settlement of the area by pioneer families. In 1828, the property was acquired through a US land grant by the William Nutall, a wealthy Virginia planter. The purpose of the venture was speculative in nature, and the property represents one of the earliest examples of pioneer plantation. In the 1830's an oak-lined drive was planted for the distance of over a mile and has since been described as "..outstanding live oak tree of majestic proportions forming an avenue that for beauty and distinction is not equalled in this part of the United States." By the 1850s, the property was completely self-sustaining and included a grist mill, saw mill, plantation church, and mercantile. In 1852, an ambitious project was undertaken in the construction of a canal that connected the plantation to the St. Marks river for the purpose of transporting cotton and other crops to the Gulf of Mexico via barge.

"Rarely does a property of this caliber, with such a rich and storied past, become available for sale," states Ben McCollum, broker at The Wright Group. The Red Hills of north Flordia and south Georgia have long been known among the sporting elite as the quail hunting capital of the world. El Destino is no exception, and for generations the property has been intensively managed, with an emphasis on wild bobwhite quail. Towering pines and native grasses create the preferred backdrop for upland bird hunting. The wildlife is as diversified as the terrain itself with hilltop dove fields providing excellent shooting while the hardwood bottoms serve as ideal habitat for whitetail deer and turkey. A 34 acre plant and flood duckpond exists on the property and has historically attracted large quantities of migratory waterfowl. "El Destino is known as one of the area's iconic hunting plantations," says McCollum. The property is located just minutes from the Florida capital city of Tallahassee. Given El Destino's excellent location, its rich history, incredible landscape and wildlife, the property is an excellent candidate for a conservation easement. The areas plantation culture remains a closely guarded secret and due to a relative lack of supply, access to this exclusive lifestyle is limited. El Destino represents a "best in class" property that demonstrates exceptional value within the plantation niche. All of these qualities truly make El Destino "the destination" for discerning Buyers of high quality land. For more information on this ownership opportunity, please contact The Wright Group at 229.226.2564 or visit their website at


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Ben W. Mccollum
The Wright Group
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