Inaugural Christmas Tour of Historical Homes

Travel back in time to the Christmases of yesterday at
the Museums of Brevard’s “Inaugural Christmas Tour of Historic Homes”.  With unique architecture and gorgeous seasonal decorations, these tours should be on your list of things to do this holiday season.  HOME SCHEDULES VARY

GREEN GABLES AT HISTORIC RIVERVIEW VILLAGE
In 1896 Green Gables was built on a bluff on the Indian River by
Wm and Nora Wells, who built the first auditorium, first high
school and first library in Melbourne. This Queen Anne style
house was the first with an indoor tub and toilet. The house is
now a living history museum and community center, holding
monthly events, presenting an education program for students,
and is a venue for weddings and parties. The 124 year old
structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places .
Christmas Tour offered : December 18 – 20th from 9 am 2pm.
For info: 321-794-8901 or go to  www.greengables.org Complimentary Cookies and spiced cider will be served after each tour. Located at 1501 S Harbor City Blvd, Melbourne FL 32901

SAMS HOUSE AT PINE ISLAND
The 1875 John H. Sams Cabin is considered to be the oldest
standing home in Brevard County, FL. Originally in Eau Gallie the
family deconstructed and floated it up the Indian River Lagoon
and reassembled it in Merritt Island in 1878.  The 600 sq. ft.
cabin housed 4 adults and 6 children. The adjacent Florida
vernacular style home was then built in 1888 to accommodate
the growing family and 8 children, some of whom were grown at
the time this house was built. The Environmental Endangered
Lands Program bought the property in 1996. Tour the 1888
parlor and check out our hiking trails as we celebrate this holiday
season. The Pine Island Preservation Society will be offering
citrus juices and cookies. Christmas Tour dates are Saturdays
December 5th and 12th from 10 am 2 pm . Located on the Pine
Island Conservation Area at 6195 N Tropical Trail, Merritt
Island, FL 32953.     Phone: 321 449 4720

LAWNDALE
Lawndale is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Rockledge Drive National Register District, one of three National Register Districts in the neighborhood. In its lovely location on the banks of the Indian River Lagoon, Lawndale is a living history educational site, restored and furnished as a family home of 1895. Christmas tour hours: Dec. 11 & 12 from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m. and Dec. 13 from Noon to 3 p.m.  Address: 1219 Rockledge
Drive, Rockledge, 1 ½ miles south of Cocoa Village . Nearby, the 1927 Municipal Building at 11 Orange Ave and 1917 Old St Mary’s church at 56 Barton Ave will be open for tours( same days and hours). Maps of the 3 Rockledge Historic Districts will be available for those wishing to walk or drive through.                                         For information call 321-632-5650.

FIELD MANOR HISTORIC HOMESTEAD AND GROVE
Built in 1880, Field Manor Historic Homestead and Grove is the
oldest home built on Merritt Island ( the family arrived from Macon, GA in 1868). This pioneer family created the town of
Indianola. The early crops grown by J.R. Field and his family
included sugar cane, pumpkins, and pineapples, and then they
quickly focused on Indian River citrus. Its agricultural projects
continue today with figs, mangos, pomegranates, pineapples, and
honeybees.  Located at 750 Field Manor Drive , Merritt Island,
our Victorian Christmas tour will take place Thursday, December
10th, Saturday, December 12th, and Thursday, December 17th
Saturday, December 19th , from 10AM 2 PM. Please call ahead:
321.848.0365 . Chilled spiced apple cider will be served to participants.

HISTORIC ROSSETTER HOUSE MUSEUM AND GARDEN
The Rossetter home began as a 1859 Houston slave cabin, the
three 1880’s Roesch additions and finally the Rossetter 1908
Aspinwall addition. It showcases the lovely Rossetter antiques
and memorabilia. Historical tours include an informative history
of Old Eau Gallie and the three families that made substantial
contribution to both this historic home and the community. Also
included are the Houston Memorial Cemetery and the family
garage housing Ella’s 1931 Model A Ford.
Located at 1320 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32935            Tours are Wednesday and Saturday by appointment only: 10am, 12 noon, and 2pm
Please call 321-254-9855

HISTORIC PRITCHARD HOUSE
The Pritchard House is a fine example of “Queen Anne”style architecture built in 1891. It has been restored retaining original architectural elements and furnished with period furniture and amenities , collections of vintage clothing and accessories, china, glassware, silverware, linens , toys and books. It is on the National Register and open to the public as a living house museum,  afternoon teas, exhibits & events. Available for rental. The house is
decorated throughout and includes a tree adorned with vintage ornaments, antique toys under it and stockings hung by the fireplace. Complimentary holiday cookies and beverage will be served after each tour.  Address: 424 S. Washington Ave. (US1), Titusville, FL 32796                                                                            Christmas Tours available daily 10am -4pm by appointment (321)607-0203  For additional information: www.pritchardhouse.com

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Date

Dec 01 - 23 2020
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hours vary each historical home
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Cost

$35

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