Historic Ormond - Talahloka c 1886
This building at 19 Orchard Lane across from Fortunalo Park is one of the few remaining Florida structures built of Palmetto Logs. It originally faced the back of the Hotel Ormond, and was one of John Anderson's Santa Lucia Plantation buildings.
The building is 2 stories and each has 4 rooms surrounding a central fireplace which has 8 openings. It has just been refurmished.
It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places (added in 1989 - Building - #88001716)
Significant Year: 1911, 1886
Area of Significance: Exploration/Settlement,
Period of Significance: 1875-1899, 1900-1924
~ Ormond Beach, Florida ~
Just north of Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach is a sizable coastal city in its own right with stores, restaurants, and resorts catering to tourists. It even has a couple of tall twin high-rises along coastal route A1A that anchor the north end of Volusia County’s beachfront skyline. In addition to having its own beach, Ormond Beach stretches inland, where it is sliced by commercialized US Route 1. The city is also accessible via two exits off of Interstate 95, which skirts to the west.
I have stopped on a few occasions at the southernmost of these exits, which offers an array of table service and fast food restaurants for travelers to choose from. I also made a more unusual stop once at the city’s northern exit, which also happens to be US 1. Here a giant complex has emerged over the past several years dedicated to those who live the “biker” lifestyle. We needed a bathroom stop, so we decided to make a pit stop at the hotel, which looked to be a nice, clean place. When we drove into the complex, we found ourselves immersed in a biker’s playground: a giant parking lot area surrounded by drive-up food and souvenir stands and adjacent to not only the hotel but also a two-story motorcycle superstore. When we walked into the hotel, we noticed the stink of cigarette smoke, even though it was a fairly new and clean looking building.
Beach and biker playgrounds considered, growing Ormond Beach still remains overshadowed by Daytona Beach, Volusia County’s signature destination and epicenter for the area’s active schedule of events.
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