Ormond Beach Off The Beaten Path

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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 - 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 - Ormond Garage - 1903

    by grandmaR Updated Jan 22, 2005

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    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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    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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    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 - Woman's Club c 1912

    by grandmaR Updated Jan 21, 2005

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    Ormond Woman's Club - 42 Beech St.

    Anderson-Price Memorial Library Building (which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 - Building - #84000967) and is also known as Ormond Beach Woman's Club is at 42 N. Beach St., Ormond Beach.

    In 1892, 16 people met at the Ormond Union Church to form the Village Improvement Association. Later meetings were held at a house on Union Street. At first men were allowed to join, but later membership was restricted to women. Mrs. Joseph Price was the first President.

    In 1905, the group purchased this site on Beach Street with a building on for $1200. In 1912, the new building was constructed. The name was changed to the Ormond Beach Woman's Club in 1957, and the contents of the library was given to the new city library on South Beach Street.

    Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
    Architect, builder, or engineer: Carleton,George, Codman,Ogdon,Jr.
    Architectural Style: Classical Revival
    Area of Significance: Social History, Architecture
    Period of Significance: 1900-1924
    Historic Function: Education
    Historic Sub-function: Library
    Current Function: Education, Social
    Current Sub-function: Civic, Library

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    bulow creek state park

    by doug48 Written Aug 2, 2009

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    fairchild oak

    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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    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 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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    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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    Historic Ormond - Lippincott Mansion - 1885

    by grandmaR Updated Jan 22, 2005

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    Melrose Hall - 150 S. Beach

    This three story Queen Anne building at 150 S. Beach St., Ormond Beach dates from 1885 when it was built by the Lippincott sisters. It is also known as Melrose Hall. There was a large circular room at the front which was used for social affairs. There is a staircase leading to the second floor and more stairs to the third floor. Today husband and wife psychiatrists live on the third floor and have offices on the second floor. The first floor is used as a reception area. There is an elevator for the convenience of their patients.

    The Lippincott Mansion was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985 - Building - #85000304.

    Architectural Style: Late Victorian, Other
    Area of Significance: Exploration/Settlement, Architecture, Social History
    Period of Significance: 1875-1899

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    Historic Ormond - Pilgrim's Rest c 1866

    by grandmaR Written Jan 22, 2005

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    Church in the park - inset nearby roadside sign

    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.

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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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    Historic Ormond - James Carnell House

    by grandmaR Written Jan 22, 2005

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    From the parking lot in the back with inset

    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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    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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  • 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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