The Eldora State House, located inside Cape Canaveral National Seashore, provides visitors a glimpse of Florida history. As we walked through the scenic paths leading to the old village area, my family noticed large numbers of beautiful butterfy’s floating through the flowering lantana. You’ll find wooden bench’s along the paths for enjoying peaceful views of the natural surrondings. As we wandered through the area I could only imagine how difficult life was as an early settler here. What would make an early settler relocating from Alabama, Wisconsin, New York or New Jersey seek this place to homestead and begin a new life? Prior to its development as an agricultural community, the area known as the Village of Eldora was home to Native Americans who lived off the land. Eldora was originally named for Ellen and Dora Pitzer, the daughters of George Pitzer one of the original landholders. The harsh Florida coastal environment created challenging times for these early homesteaders. In addition to mosquitoes and extreme heat, they struggled to clear land, build water cisterns and develop crops. I’m not sure what the early settlers used as bug repellent, but we suggest you come fully armed with modern day insect spray! Between the years of 1877- 1898 the homesteaders grew pineapple, citrus and harvested palmetto berries used in the pharmaceutical industry. Once Henry Flagler’s Railroad reached the mainland of New Smyrna, the village of Eldora experienced an economic decline and evolved into a winter retreat for wealthy northerners. Apparently beekeeping was also a lucrative business and strangely, we saw a small swarm of honey bees on the outskirts of the park area on the day or our visit. The park area offers beautiful picnic areas, a dock for fishing and serene paths shaded by live oaks and tropical foliage. If you live near New Smyrna Beach Florida, this makes a great day trip. If you aren’t a Florida resident book your next Florida vacation now and plan to include a visit to the Eldora State House at Cape Canaveral National Seashore. Admission costs $3.00 per person.