Explore Local History this Season

Fri, Oct 18, 2019 at 11:59AM

Explore Local History this Season

For decades, people have visited the Ormond Beach area for a quiet and respectful getaway. Here, folks have always enjoyed a cultural and life-enriching experience, while still being close to necessary amenities and conveniences. In fact, that’s part of the reason why John D. Rockefeller chose Ormond Beach as his winter home.

Today, that spirit of inclusion and interest continues. There are many events and attractions in and near the city where you can glean valuable insight and information. Here are some of the most popular venues to visit with your friends and loved ones:

Halifax Historical Museum

Located in nearby Daytona Beach, this museum houses permanent, seasonal, and changing exhibits. All are related to the history of Central Florida and more specifically Volusia County. This is where both Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach are located.

At the Halifax Historical Museum, you’ll see artifacts from and photos of some of the earliest settlers of this region. That includes the Timucuan Indians, early pioneer families, residents from the British and Spanish colonial periods, and similar. You can also see items from World War II, vintage children’s clothing and toys, and more. In fact, the building itself is a relic of history. It used to be a bank back in 1910.

Lilian Place Heritage Center

This Daytona Beach attraction house both the Lilian Place Museum (an 1884 home) and the nearby Hotchkiss House, which was built in 1905. Open for daily tours, the museum also offers reservations for Victoria tea sessions.

Inside, you can see authentic Victorian furniture, and get a glimpse of what life was like for early residents of Daytona Beach and Central Florida. There’s also rumor that a ghost haunts the home. Some claim to have had encounters with this purported apparition.

Mary McLeod Bethune House

Located on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University (a higher learning institution which she founded in 1904), this was once Dr. Bethune’s private residence. Inside, you’ll see personal relics such as her original library, furniture, photos, and family heirlooms. Notable visitors during Bethune’s lifetime included Jackie Robinson, Langston Hughes, and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

Officially part of the African American Civil Rights Network, the home has been designated as National Landmark.

Other Area Attractions

These are just a few of the many interesting sites with historical significance located in and around Daytona Beach. Other important areas include The Casements, Tomoka State Park and Bulow Creek State Park, Bailey Riverbridge Gardens, and more.

In fact, many people who visit Ormond Beach quickly fall in love with the charm and prestige this community has to offer. They often comment on how the positive and friendly ideals are still apparent today. Now, you can call this area home for all or part of the year.

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