pictured is the cupola of the old ormond hotel in fortunato park in downtown ormond beach ocean side. john anderson and james dowing price built a hotel on this site in 1888. in 1890 the railroad tycoon henry flagler bought and expanded the hotel. until it's demolition in 1992 the ormond hotel was the largest wooden structure in the united states....more
the casements is a 19 th century mansion located on SR 40 across the street from fortunato park. john d. rockefeller bought this mansion in 1918. today the casements is a cultural center and is open for tours. the casements is listed on the national register of historic places. see the attached web site for more information.more
One day we drove down to Port Orange just south of Daytona. After we revisited Seven Seas Marina, we went over to the Sugar Mill Gardens. When I went to their website later, I found that the gardens are officially re-opening after the hurricane on January 21st. But the gate was open, and the sign said they were open, so we went in. There's no...more
I always try to see lighthouses whenever I can, so on the trip up to Ormond Beach, we stopped by the Ponce de Leon lighthouse. I wanted to see it because this is also one of the most complete light station museums in the nation. We got to Ponce (which is a village, AND an inlet AND a lighthouse), and parked - then we realized that the entrance to...more
I decided it would be good to drive up to St. Augustine and meet our friend Norm of the M/V Bandersnatch. There were some things I wanted to do on the way up, specifically to visit Fort Matanzas (and get a stamp in my passport book).So we had a late breakfast set off about 11:30. We got to Matanzas about 1300. Bob was astonished at how small the...more
On the internet, I found that Deland had an NAS museum which had WW II planes and memorabilia - it wasn't in the AAA book, but it looked like something Bob would be interested in. So we drove to Deland.It turned out that the museum was in 2 parts due to hurricane damage. There was a small building on Biscayne which had been a chief's quarters and a...more
We wanted to go on a tour of the property and not just look at the outside. When we got there about 11:30, the lady at the reception desk told us that the lady who gives the tours was just finishing one up and we could go on the next one.The Casements was built by a minister who named it because of the many casement windows. It was opposite the...more
Although we couldn't go to the Museum, we could walk through the 2.5 acre gardens which were built on what was once a sand dune. The gardens were pretty, and I saw a big fresh water turtle sunning himself in one of the ponds, but I liked the gardens in Port Orange better. These were just gardens - no history or instructional signs. I think there...more
Unfortunately when we were here, the museum was closed in order for them to set up an exhibition entitled "Florida Icons" The museum website says:The Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens was founded in 1946 by Ormond Beach residents as a living monument to creative freedom and equality of all persons, and to commemorate the service of World War I...more
located on south beach street is a st. johns period native american burial mound. the ormond mound dates back to about 800 AD. near the mound was a charnel house where the dead were allowed to decompose prior to burial. later a priest would clean their bones and bundle them up for burial. there are over 100 bundles of native american bones in...more
the porches is a beautiful old florida style house located on south beach street. the porches was built by new york artist bill barker in 1883. the house was later bought by blanche butler ames a friend of john d. rockefeller. the porches is listed on the national register of historic places. not open to the public.more
This hotel is taller than the one we are staying at and has this big red neon sign at the top. So I...more
What did we Like?...you mean the dirty floors, strong cat pee smell in hall leading to beach,...more
Family run business I believe. You can get a penthouse suite facing the beach (on the beach) for...more
We walked across A1A to the IHOP for dinner. The harried waitress said she could seat us but she was by herself and there was a soccer team having dinner so it might be awhile before we got served. There was one cook, and two busboys and that was all to wait on the whole place.Eventually, I had 2 eggs, 2 pieces of bacon hash browns and 2 pieces of...more
On June 28, 2007. The service we had was terrible. My husband and I orderthe all you can eat crab legs and 3 kids meals for the children. It took 1 hourfor our first plate of crabs legs to come to the table. My husbands plate of crabslegs were still frozen, not cold, they were frozen. The kids meals came a half ahour later. And then our second...more
For dinner one night, I didn't want to go to a chain, so I rejected Outback Steakhouse, Burger King, Olive Garden, Bennigans, Pizza Hut, Subway, Quiznos, Ruby Tuesday, and McDonalds. I actually had in mind to go to Shell's and that's where we went.The restaurant may not exist anymore, or maybe the Ormond Beach one has closed. They seated us and...more
In addition to IHOP there are plenty of chain restaurants available including Outback Steakhouse, 135 East Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach, FL - (386) 676-1550Chili's Grill & Bar 190 Williamson Boulevard, Ormond Beach, FL - (386) 672-7760Wendy's, 335 West Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach, FL - (386)...more
We were at the Casements. 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 the man who used to run the tea room at the hotel across the street. Since by this time it was 12:40, we walked over to Billy's for lunch. Bob had an egg salad sandwich and I...more
This restaurant has a beautiful view of the Ocean! I sat on the outside deck, looking out on to the Ocean, while having a cocktail and enjoying the sun and ocean breeze. I ordered my meal and was pleasantly surprised by with the quality of food for the price. The staff was so friendly and the atmosphere was relaxing. The food was delicious and the...more
billy's tap room is a historic bar and restaurant located on granada blvd in central ormond beach. in 1922 billy mac donald who was the bar manager of the astor and plaza hotels in new york city established billy's as a tea room and gift shop. in 1937 mac donald started serving beer and liquor and renamed the establishment billy's tap room. billy's tap room is a very interesting historic bar to visit in ormond beach.
Dress Code: casual.
There was a gift shop near the entrance. I took a photo while I was waiting for the tour guide but did not go in. The third picture is one that I took in the "lobby" while waiting for the guide
What to buy: Some of the framed photos of the Casements (photo 2) were for sale. I did not buy anything nor do any of my notes say what kinds of things were for sale or what it would cost, and there doesn't seem to be anything about it on the internet.
On the corner of Mound and South Beach, this is the last of the many prehistoric mounds that were constructed by native people of the area . This particular St. Johns period mound cates back to about 800 A.D. and has the skeletal remains of more than 125 people buried in the sand. This was common practice at that time. The bones of most of the deceased were 'bundled' and as more bodies were buried and covered with layers of sand, the mound grew over time.
From a misc forum question it remind me of the good old days so here it goes in permanent as a tip. It brought many nice memories of my youth and still in the area the now classic event very nice and highly recommended.way way back I did the Loop 23 miles in Ormond Beach Florida between the intra coastal river halifax and the Atlantic ocean lol! as...more
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...more
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.more
One of my grandchildren does tennis tournaments up and down the Florida coast. Some tournaments are held here at this location. Tennis is one sport that is large in Florida.The Ormond Beach Tennis Center has 8 Fast-Dry Clay Courts with Lights. It is located in the heart of Ormond Beach, Florida, adjacent to the MacDonald House, Historical Trust and...more
When I was 16, we came to Florida and saw Daytona, but we actually spent the time at Ormond Beach which was cheaper and less crowded. There was a hurricane offshore, so the waves and undertow were too great to actually do much swimming though. The sandy beaches are clean and packed so very easy to walk on and yet good for building sand castles. The...more
About 2:30, we went past Bicentennial Park. I took the photo and then did the research about it later. This is a free park in Ormond Beach.The 40-acre park is north of Ormond Beach and stretches from the Atlantic to the Halifax River where the ICW is located. This is obviously the ICW side.The website says that in addition to all the athletic...more
Over and above the restored house, there were two sets of pictures to put the restoration into perspective. First were the photos which were taken for documenting the house and furnishings for probate. Then there were the pictures taken before the restoration started after the house had been abandoned and vandalized inside (photo 2)We could saw the...more
The two-acre garden along the Halifax riverfront was the property of John D. Rockefeller Sr. in the early 1900s. The gardens feature citrus trees, a grand promenade, streams and small bridges and a variety of seasonal flower displays during the year. For instance there was a Christmas Gala with carriage rides (call 386-676-3216 for information)The...more