Ormond Beach

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The Ormond Beach area's earliest known inhabitants were the Timucua Indians, whose primitive, blunt-nosed canoes skimmed the waters of the Halifax and Tomoka Rivers innortheast Volusia County. Soon, hardy settlers also made their way to the area—brothers John Andrew and Charles Bostrom were attracted by the mighty oaks and sparkling spring water in 1868 and were soon followed by other rugged visionaries. As the town grew, entrepreneurs began their work, and one of the most famous area landmarks, the Hotel Ormond, was opened in 1888. At the turn of the century, the hard-packed white sands of the nearby beach became a natural proving ground for gas- and steam-driven horseless carriages—the original "birthplace of speed." The region was blessed withabundant resources, a mild and inviting climate, and natural beauty, all of which served to entice John D. Rockefeller, perhaps Ormond Beach's most famous resident, to spendhis winters in the area. His three-story home now serves the community as a cultural center and museum.
ISBN: 9780738502571
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Ormond Beach is a wonderful collection of historic photographs and detailed captions that testify to the proud, rich heritage of the region. Compiled by the Ormond Beach Historical Trust, Inc., this visual retrospective reflects the struggles of building a new life on the shifting sands of change and the challenges now facing the community to preserve its vibrant history for future generations. A valuable resource as well as an entertaining trip down memory lane, Ormond Beach will be a welcome addition to any history lover's bookshelf.
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