Hello and welcome back to the blog. First entry in over a year, and it's not about Disney! Go figure.
It's about my random visit to the Lawndale Historic Museum and house in Rockledge, Florida in December of 2021. Since it was the holiday season, I was fortunate to see it dressed in Christmas finery. This was actually one of my favorite parts of the experience, seeing how they used natural material and decorations to spruce up the spaces. I've been wanting to do the same in our home here in Orlando, so this served as inspiration in many ways.
The Hiram Smith (H.S.) Williams Family traveled around the country and settled in Rockledge, Florida in 1874. They built the Queen Ann style home that still stands today on the banks of the Indian River, just south of Cocoa Beach and Kennedy Space Center. I doubt they ever imagined their ancestors would see rockets from those same window views less than 100 years later.
H.S. started a citrus shipping company, drawing business to this section of the Indian River and expanding the population. He brought the first telephone service to Brevard County. He was also a proponent of education, and built a small school-room on the back of the property.
He died in the house in 1921 at the ripe age of 89.
His son, Sydney, attended East Florida Seminary, which later became the University of Florida. Go Gators! He and his sister, Myra, also both attended Rollins College.
Four generations of The Williams family lived in the house continuously until 1989, when Brevard County purchased it for restoration.
I happened upon this while out for a drive along one of my favorite stretches of road. Scroll through to see some pictures, and read at the end for a suggested day trip itinerary in case you want to visit yourself!