Historic Ormond - Pilgrim's Rest c 1866
The Pilgrim's Rest Primitive Baptist Church is now located at 1 N. Beach Street at the western end of the Ormond Bridge in a park. Originally it was built shortly after the Civil War in the Tomoka Settlement, which was about 6 miles west of the Ormond Beach City Hall on the west bank of the Tomoka River. This settlement was started by families from Georgia who wanted to get a new start growing citrus. When the freeze of 1895 destroyed their groves, they moved the church to the city.
When the church was threatened by demolition in 1988, the Trust, with the help of the City and an anonyous donor moved the building to the present location. Today the city uses the frame building for group meetings and social affairs.
Historic Ormond - Ormond Garage - 1903
The Ormond Garage was built on the Hotel Ormond property and was called Gasoline Alley. Henry Flagler ordered its construction to house 100 automobiles. It burned to the ground in 1976.
The historical sign which is located at 113 East Granada Blvd in front of the Sun-Trust Bank says:
THE ORMOND GARAGE
"Build by Flagler East Coast Hotel Company in 1903 for the 1904 races. This landmark in the history of the American automobile industry was the setting for the preparation, testing and servicing of some of the most famous racing cars of the world which made racing history and records on the nearby beach. It was a proving ground for pioneer automobile manufacturers such as Olds, Winton, Ford and Chevrolet. Some of the famous drivers who made world speed records here were William K. Vanderbuilt, Jr., Arthur MacDonald, Fred Marriott, Ralph DePalma, Barney Oldfield and Tommy Milton."
The Ormond Garage was also known as Birthplace of Speed and was at 79 E. Granada Ave., Ormond Beach. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Unknown
Architectural Style: No Style Listed
Area of Significance: Engineering, Transportation, Invention
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