The South Brevard Historical Society was founded in 1966 to bring together citizens interested in the history of Florida and especially South Brevard County. The Society’s purpose is to provide the community with the means to draw strength and perspective from the past, realize a sense of regional identity, and find direction for the future, thus enhancing the quality of life and vitalizing the communities of South Brevard.
The Society has met continuously and continues to provide programs and activities to educate members and the general public. We hold monthly general meetings the 2nd Saturday of the month from September through June. Members and guests have an opportunity to share ideas and information. The public is always invited to attend. The Society publishes ten newsletters a year to inform members of upcoming programs and news of the Society as well as information about new history publications, other history organizations and news of general historic interest. These newsletters will be published online at this website as well.
You are invited to join the South Brevard Historical Society for a scenic sightseeing tour to Hutchinson Island. We will travel via deluxe air-conditioned motor coach down the coast through Fort Pierce and Jensen Beach. Our first stop will be lunch at the Dolphin House (the former Francis Langford’s Outrigger) with magnificent views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Hutchinson Island. You may dine here or bring your own lunch.
Following lunch a guided tour of Hutchinson Island will begin the next leg of our journey. We will visit the Elliot Museum with its century-old memorabilia, circus history and baseball exhibits in addition to the popular car museum which houses automobiles ranging from the Model T to vehicles of the 21st Century. While traveling, our guide will share stories of Spanish and Indian history from the Treasure Coast along with other tales of Florida's past..
Next we will visit Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge. This house is the only remaining example of nine houses built on the east coast of Florida for the U.S. Life Saving Service in 1875. The keepers of these houses provided shelter, food, clothing and transportation to survivors of shipwrecks and storms at sea.
$59 Per Person
Includes transportation, tour guide, admission to listed attractions
(lunch not included)
Make your reservations now - seats are limited for this tour !!
For further information contact Patricia Fabian at 321.480.7570
PLEASE NOTE: This tour will be in place of our regular monthly meeting for November. See SBHS's October 2015 Newsletter (also available on this website) for Reservation Form.
Support is rapidly growing for the re-use of the Old Melbourne High School as a cultural center. The property's current governing organization (BRAG) proposes to sell the property to a developer with plans to build an apartment building. The Henegar Center school and the high school building were once home to the SBHS and other community organizations.
For more information or to support efforts to save Old Mel Hi go to:
Mosquito Soup - "a collection of Weona Cleveland's published articles on Brevard and neighboring pioneer communities."
Many Brevardians know Ms. Cleveland through her articles published in the Melbourne Times and later in the Florida Today newspaper. She conducted numerous interviews with long-time residents and has preserved Brevard's history through their voices. In 2006 Ms. Cleveland was named Honorary County Historian by the Brevard County Commission.
The Society is especially proud to have played a part in preserving these stories. The publication of this book was made possible through the collaboration of the Kellersberger Fund of the SBHS and the Florida Historical Society.
We have received a limited number of copies of Mosquito Soup and will make them available at our monthly meetings for $20. The book will also be sold at the Florida Historical Society bookstore in Cocoa Village, at the Rossetter House in Eau Gallie and online through the FHS bookstore, www.floridabooks.net/catalog. To order by telephone please call Barbara West at 321.690.1971.
Carol Andren, Secretary and Program Chair Nan Roberts, Treasurer
Diane Baccus Horsley Diane Barile Wiley Elliott
John Fergus Keith Flotte
Nancy Grout Kathi Harbaugh
Ed Vosatka, Archives/Collection Chair
You may contact us at:
South Brevard Historical Society PO Box 1064 Melbourne, FL 32902-1064
United States For more information, please call Don at 321-432-3861
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The South Brevard Historical Society, Inc. is a non-profit corporation and an IRS 501(c)3 organization. All contributions are tax-deductible by limits of law. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Florida Division of Consumer Services by calling 1-800-HELP FLA.