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    Historic Hotel in Historic Ormond - 1768

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This cupola was on the top of the Hotel Ormond for 204 years. It is now in Fortunato park on the northwest end of the Granada (Ormond - State Route 40) Bridge. The building is open from 2 to 4, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. A mural, pictures and memorabilia are on display in the building.

    The hotel was one of the largest wooden structures in the United States. Wen John D. Rockefeller would come down to play golf, he and his entourage would rent a whole floor of the hotel. The story goes that when he found that his accommodations cost more than another person with similar space requirements, they told him that he was the richest man in the world and could afford it. Wrong Answer. It was then that he bought The Casements the house across the street.

    The hotel burned and/or was demolished in 1992. The Ormond Beach Historical Trust saved the cupola and five years later they had a structure built in the park to hold it.

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    Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery - 1908

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Pilgrim's Rest from the car

    This is the Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church Cemetery formed in 1908. The church was moved when SR 40 was widened, The church was donated to the city of Ormond Beach rather than being torn down.

    A survey of the cemetery has been done and is posted on Rootsweb at the URL below.

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    bulow plantation state park

    by doug48 Written May 30, 2010
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    bulow plantation state park is located north of bulow creek state park on CR 2001. bulow plantation state park is home to the bulow sugar mill ruins. the bulow sugar mill was destroyed by seminole indians in 1836 during the second seminole war. at the state park you can visit the ruins and use their boat ramp to access bulow creek. for those interested in nature and early florida history the bulow plantations state park is worth a visit in the ormond beach area. the bulow sugar mill ruins is listed on the national register of historic places. for admission and times see the attached web site.

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    Historic Ormond - Billy's Tap Room and Grill -1922

    by grandmaR Updated Feb 23, 2010

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    At the Visitor's Center, we learned that Billy's Tap Room and Grill which was on the other side of the MacDonald House was Ormond Beach's oldest restaurant - it was established in 1822 by Billy MacDonald who was the man who used to run the tea room at the hotel across the street and formerly was the bar manager of the Astor and Plaza hotels in NYC. Since by this time it was 12:40, we walked over to Billy's for lunch.

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    Historic Ormond - MacDonald House - 1890s

    by grandmaR Updated Feb 23, 2010

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    MacDonald house from the parking lot

    This house at 38 East Granada Blvd. east of The Casements next to the tennis courts. It is a Queen Anne style house and now houses the Ormond Beach Historical Trust. They used to run a little trolley around to the historical places, but the docent at The Casements said they don't do this anymore. It was bought in 1929 by the MacDonalds who are/were the owners of Billy's Tap Room which is next door. Today it is the city Welcome Center and has a mini-museum. It is open to the public. The sign on the front door says that if there are chairs on the porch, it is open.

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    Historic Ormond - William McNary Home

    by grandmaR Updated Feb 23, 2010

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    166 North Beach Street

    William McNary had been in Florida briefly during the Civil War, so when he retired from the New Britain Connecticut Corbin Lock Company in 1874, he came to back to Florida to spend his retirement. He settled on land from the present day Dix Avenue north to Hernandez Avenue. He planted groves that reached from Younge Street to Nova Rd. This house sited at 166 N. Beach Street was one of the first ones on the mainland. It is listed on the national register of historic places, but it is a private house which is not open to the public.

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    Historic Ormond - Dix Hall c 1876

    by grandmaR Updated Feb 23, 2010

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    Dix House 178 N. Beach St.

    Located next to the McNarys at 178 N. beach street, this house was named for McNary's unmarried sister-in-law who lived there. The old house has remained essentially the same through its life. For many years, the second floor was one large room which was used for social gatherings and political meetings. On April 22, 1880, at the town meeting held here, the New Britain Settlement was incorporated as Ormond, later to become Ormond Beach.

    The Dix House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989 - Building - #88001721

    Historic Significance: Event
    Area of Significance: Exploration/Settlement, Politics/Government
    Period of Significance: 1875-1899

    Directions: Just off SR 40 on the mainland.

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    bulow creek state park

    by doug48 Written Aug 2, 2009

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    bulow creek state park is located just north of tomoka state park on CR 4011. this 3,200 acre perserve has upland forest, hardwood swamp, and salt marsh ecosystems. there are seven miles of hiking trails through these interesting ecosystems. bulow creek state park is also home to the 400 year old fairchild oak. this live oak tree is one of the oldest in the southern united states. see the attached web site for more information.

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    james ormond park

    by doug48 Updated Aug 2, 2009

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    james ormond park is located four miles north of tomoka state park on CR 4011. james ormond park is on the site of the 1790 damietta plantation. captain james ormond was murdered by a run away slave in 1817 and his family returned to scotland. in 1820 his son james II returned to the u.s. and continued to work the plantation until his death in 1829. the park has a nice childrens play area and is the site of james ormond II's grave.

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    Historic Ormond - The Ormond Yacht Club - 1910

    by grandmaR Updated Jan 26, 2007

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    In 1910, a group of 40 Ormond residents decided they needed a yacht club to moor their boats. They arranged with the city to build this two story structure on the Halifax River west bank at the foot of Lincoln Ave. The agreement was that the building would not appear on the tax rolls, so it doesn't appear on any maps even today. The present membership is 25 men, all Ormond Beach residents. The second floor is no longer used, and the long dock that used to extend into the river was destroyed years ago by a storm. Members meet to play cards and shoot pool on the first floor.

    Virtual Tourist member ormondyachtclub wrote me and said:

    "The function of the club in present day is to preserve and restore the building itself

    "We have over 50 some members who do the work of the restoration and the work of
    fund raising to pay for the materials for the restoration (many women members)

    "Until restoration is completed there are no events inside the building except
    for the monthly meeting held on the 1st Monday of each month, upstairs

    "We are now listed on the National Registry for Historic Structures"

    He also gave me permission to use a photo from the club website which shows the club better than my picture (second photo) from the bridge.

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    Historic Ormond - Nathan Cobb Cottage

    by grandmaR Updated Jan 26, 2007

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    Cottage at 137 Orchard Lane

    This cottage is at 137 Orchard Lane, which is a short pathlike road that runs parallel to the Halifax River between Riverside Drive and Halifax Drive. It is a small three room house built of timber salvaged from the Nathan Cobb shipwreck of December 5, 1896. There used to be a separate kitchen connected to the main house by a 'dog trot' of narrow porch with a shingled room, but that is now gone. Local historian Alice Strickland lived here as a young girl.

    VT member TBusch wrote me to say:

    "I grew up here and vividly recall most of the sites you pictured and know many of the family's whose homes you photographed, most notably the MacDonald's and Billy's Tap Room. I went to school with McSwain children, the MacDonald boys and others. However, the Cobb Cottage, holds a special place in my heart. My second grade teacher lived here in 1965 and 1966 and I visited her there often. It is as rustic and cozy inside as the outside looks. Over the mantel of the fireplace hung the piece of wood from the wrecked Nathan Cobb ship upon which was carved it's name. Story has it that the cottage was built from wood salvaged from the wreck. There is a marker in the ocean just off shore where the wreck can be seen at lowtide, like you mentioned."

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    Historic Ormond - Emmons Cottage c 1885

    by grandmaR Written Jan 22, 2005

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    Emmons Cottage

    This cottage which is behind the Ormond Art Museum in the gardens has a plaque on it which states that it has been dedicated to William and Mary Parkinson.

    Apparently this cottage was one of the original buildings in the Ormond Beach area. In 1998, it was been restored and painted by volunteer labor and moved to this location. Tours are available Monday to Friday from 10 to 4 by contacting the museum staff.

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    Historic Ormond - Number "9" Plantation

    by grandmaR Written Jan 22, 2005

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    From the car

    Chauncey Bacon, a Connecticut Yankee who wore a top hat and was known as "The Duke", build his third house here from mahogany logs rescued from the wreck of the City of Vera Cruz. The grounds of the house were the site of many huge parties.

    His citrus plantation, which he began in 1876 had 172 acres from the river to the ocean. The products - jams, jellies and marmalades were famous worldwide.

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    Historic Ormond - Trapper's Lodge - 1876

    by grandmaR Written Jan 22, 2005

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    Trapper's Lodge today

    Originally built by John Anderson jin 1876, this building at 65 Orchard Land just north of Talahloka was called Trapper's Lodge because the carcass of a deer usually hung outside. It started as a one room log cabin (with a fireplace). Later another cabin was built to the north, separated from the first one by a breezeway. About the turn of the century, the breezeway was enclosed, turning the two into one large log room with a fireplace at each end. Anderson made his home here until his death in 1911.

    The second floor and other rooms were added and the exterior has been modernized since his death.

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    Historic Ormond - James Carnell House

    by grandmaR Written Jan 22, 2005

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    James Carnell was born in Leicester, England on September 30, 1849. His parents moved to New Britain CT when he was young. He joined the colony and his wedding to Miss Caroline Kitchell was the second one to take place in the colony. He built his home on Beach Street, and also opened a jelly factory on Corbin Ave. He was a very active Mason.

    The house has recently been restored, and is occupied by a beauty salon. It is open to the public.

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  • Mar 14, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    The Hotel Ormond did not burn down, but was razed in 1992, I believe. It was replaced by a multi-story condominium billding on the site. As for the apparent origin date of 1768, I don't believe this to be possible, since the town was not setttled until the following century. If I can verify this I will put the date here in a subsequent comment.

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