“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)

First Post Office Site

First Post Office Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, October 24, 2011
1. First Post Office Site Marker
Inscription. Here at what was once known as Hatterman's Point, in the early years, John Cornthwaite Hector settled and had a store built, completed in 1880 by carpenter U. D. Henderson of Eau Gallie.

Hector was described as "tall, heavy-set, with white hair and a great square beard. He was strong as a bull." Most of the time he wore a ridiculous bowler on his head. This was influenced, undoubtedly, by his British origin.

In 1878, when Hector first appeared in the area, he was about 43 years old. He migrated here from Melbourne Australia, where it was reported he had deserted a common-law wife and five children.

Hector is credited with organizing the first community band in Melbourne, and became Melbourne first postmaster.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Postal Mail and Philately marker series.
Location. 28° 4.709′ N, 80° 36.008′ W. Marker is in Melbourne, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is on Front Street 0.1 miles south of New Haven Ave, on the right when traveling north. 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 (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Trysting Steps and Bluff Walk (about 600 feet away); Carleton Hotel - Idlewylde Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Crenshaw Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); History of the 1900 Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Melbourne Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); The First Congregational Church of Melbourne (approx. mile away); Florida East Coast Railroad (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Melbourne.
Categories. Government
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. This page has been viewed 540 times since then and 110 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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