Ormond Beach full of treasures just to the north


The cupola from the original Hotel Ormond sits in Fortunato Park, a 2.6-acre park on the Halifax River in Ormond Beach.

Senior Life photo Courtesy of OrmondBeach.org

Let me introduce you to a nearby gem of a community that has many truly interesting and diversified places to visit. Just a hop, skip and a jump from Brevard County is the delightful seaside city of Ormond Beach.

Your first stop should be the Ormond Beach Historical Society Headquarters located at 38 East Granada Blvd. Here, you can obtain information on walking tours, historical trolley tours, hear interesting lectures on Ormond Beach, see timely displays and pick up many informative publications focusing on Ormond Beach’s diversified history.

Obtain information and directions on visiting the nearby Anderson-Price Memorial Building. Across the street, see the cupola from the original Hotel Ormond and visit the original Three Chimneys Historical Site.

The Historical Society office is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It is closed Sunday and Monday. For information, call 386-677-7005 or go to office@ormondhistory.org.

Following your stop at the Historical Society, go next door to the Rockefeller winter home called The Casements. Its most famous resident, John D. Rockefeller, purchased the home as his winter residence in 1918. It is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The Casements serves as a cultural center for Ormond Beach, with creative experiences for all ages. This includes classes, Boy Scouts exhibits, special events, an excellent gift shop and meeting spaces and many Rockefeller personal items.

The Casements is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to  noon on Saturday. Donations are accepted.

Guided tours are available from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Don’t miss the Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens located at 78 East Granada Blvd. This refreshing botanical garden has a wonderful waterfall, interesting nature trails and many delightful turtle ponds. The gardens are open daily from dawn to dusk. It also has a museum that is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

There is a modest entrance fee for adults. It is free for those older than 60 and for students. For information, call 386-676-3347.

Getting to Ormond Beach from Brevard County is easy. Take Interstate 95 north to exit 268. This is State Road 40 east. Take SR 40 east for 4 miles and go over the Halifax River Bridge.

After crossing the bridge, The Historical Society Headquarters will be on the right.