Eldora State House Cape Canaveral National Seashore

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.

Live Oak Lined Path to Village of Eldora Cape Canaveral National Seashore

Boathouse Eldora Cape Canaveral National Seashore

Dock View Eldora Cape Canaveral National Seashore

Eldora State House Cape Canaveral National Seashore

Eldora State House Museum

Eldora State House Museum Cape Canaveral National Seashore

Eldora Picnic Area Cape Canaveral National Seashore

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