History & Culture

Take a walk along the trail that leads to Seminole Rest.
Take a walk along the trail that leads through the Seminole Rest Historic Site.

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Seminole Rest tells a story of the Timucua Indians, pioneer settlement and a preservation of cultures. With accounts from Spanish writings, as well as the science of archeology, we are able to connect the past to the present. The main house as well as the caretaker's home were constructed prior to 1888.






The historic shell mound, the foundation of the main house and the caretakers house, is 13 feet high and comprised of over 90 % quahog clam shells left as refuse by the Timucua. Evidence from the mound indicates that this mound was seasonally used as a clam processing station. The clams were mass harvested, smoked for preservation and packed for use at a later date. Artifacts such as projectile points, pottery sherds, and shell beads for necklaces were found in the mound during an archeological dig that was conducted in the 1990's. The mound, known as Snyder's Mound, dates as far back as 2,000 BCE (Before Common Era). The most inhabited time period was 800 CE - 1100 CE (Common Era).




 
Eldora House
The Eldora State House, 1913 is the last remaining home from the Eldora community that was established in 1876.

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Eldora, another place in time.... Enjoy a brief stroll through the century old live oaks to the once thriving village of Eldora. Close your eyes as you rock on the porch and imagine the excitementof the arrival of a steamboat, or just absorb a magnificent sunset over Mosquito Lagoon. Both activities were enjoyed by early residents and visitors alike, along with horseback riding and walks on the beach. Step back in time, relax and experience Eldora.











History

Before 1876, the area that became known as the settlement of Eldora was home to Native Americans and few woodsmen who lived off the land. The community's history spans four distinct time periods.

1877-1898

Growth and developement as an agricultural community, and a steamboat stop serving the East Coast of Florida before the arrival of the railroads. In addition the government built a United States Lifesaving Service "House of Refuge" on the site of todays parking area five.

1898-1938

Rest and recreation, as the village shifted from industry to " gentleman's farming" and winter seasonal homes for leisure pursuits. Several events caused this shift; the arrival of the railroad on the mainland, the relocation of the Intracoastal Waterway and serval freezes that destroyed citrus crops. Sport hunting and fishing lodges also became popular during this period.

1938- 1975

Slow decline as the Florida tourism interests changed and the Coast Guard moved their station to Ponce Inlet on the north end of the island.

1975- Present

Rehabilitation and preservation with the formation of Canaveral National Seashore in 1975, assuring that public ownership will preserve the history and culture of Eldora for future generations.

Last updated: August 26, 2017

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Titusville, FL 32796

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