“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Melbourne in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Trysting Steps and Bluff Walk

Trysting Steps and Bluff Walk Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, October 24, 2011
1. Trysting Steps and Bluff Walk Marker
Inscription. Originally wooden steps mounted the bluff, providing a means for pedestrians to go from the front street business section to the hotels and residences along the high bluff.

At the top of the steps, along bluff walk, were the Carelton Hotel, built by Emma Strawbridge, and the Idlewylde Hotel. The Carelton was destroyed by fire in 1904 and rebuilt almost immediately.

(The Idlewyled was also destroyed.) The second Carleton Hotel burned in 1925.

The steps were a popular place for the young people of Melbourne to meet during their courtship and bluff walk was the local "Lover's Lane" on cool evenings, if the mosquitoes weren't too bad.
Location. 28° 4.791′ N, 80° 36.084′ W. Marker is in Melbourne, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is at the intersection of New Haven Avenue and Front Street, on the left when traveling east on New Haven Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Melbourne FL 32901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Front Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Carleton Hotel - Idlewylde Hotel (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Post Office Site (about 600 feet away); The First Congregational Church of Melbourne (about 800 feet away); History of the 1900 Building (about 800 feet away); Melbourne Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Florida East Coast Railroad (approx. 0.2 miles away); Campbell Park (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Melbourne.
Regarding Trysting Steps and Bluff Walk. The wooden steps are long gone. There were concrete steps until 2002, when the entire bluff, steps and all was destroyed to make way for a commercial development that was never built.
Categories. Man-Made Features
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. This page has been viewed 854 times since then and 150 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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