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Melbourne in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

William H. Gleason House

 
 
William H. Gleason Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, March 25, 2013
1. William H. Gleason Home Marker
Inscription. The William H. Gleason House was built around 1884 by William Henry Gleason (c. 1830-1902) and his wife Sarah Griffin Gleason. Gleason came to Florida in 1866 with his wife and two sons from Eau claire, Wisconsin, and settled in Dade County. In 1870, he bought a 16,000-acre tract of land in Brevard County and named the area Eau Gallie ("Eau" from his hometown, meaning water, and "Gallie," a derivative of a Seminole word meaning rocky). Convinced the area was likely to develop, Gleason moved his family to Eau Gallie in 1882. Here he practiced law, was a partner in a sawmill business, and was director of the town's first bank, the State Bank of Eau Gallie. In 1887, he convinced Henry Flagler to extend his railroad to Eau Gallie by offering the railroad right-of-way through the area. Gleason was also interested in politics during Reconstruction, and was instrumental in framing the 1868 state constitution. He was Florida's first elected Lieutenant Governor, under Governor Harris Reed, in 1868. The Gleason House is an outstanding example of Queen Anne style architecture and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

TEXT FROM SECONDARY MARKER
William H. Gleason Home
William Hunt Gleason was sent to Florida by the War Department in 1865 to tour the southern portion of the
William H. Gleason Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, October 30, 2011
2. William H. Gleason Home Marker
state to determine the feasibility of establishing a colony for former slaves. In 1868 he won election to the post of Florida Lieutenant Governor and resigned in 1870.

The William H. Gleason house was built around 1892. The family owned and lived in the house until 1990. Isabel Gleason was the last Gleason family member to live in the home until she died.
 
Erected 2013 by The Brevard County Historical Commission The Brevard County Tourist Development Council and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-764.)
 
Location. 28° 8.11′ N, 80° 37.72′ W. Marker is in Melbourne, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is at the intersection of Pineapple Avenue and Law Street, on the left when traveling south on Pineapple Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Melbourne FL 32935, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Corner of Highland and Law Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Advent Christian Church (about 700 feet away); St. Paul's United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Eau Gallie Post Office and Surrounding Area (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ginter Building
William H. Gleason Home image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, October 30, 2011
3. William H. Gleason Home
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Eau Gallie Public Library (approx. mile away); Population on the Rise (approx. mile away); Old City Hall Complex (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Melbourne.
 
Categories. African AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
William H. Gleason House image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, March 25, 2013
4. William H. Gleason House
Old Pineapple Inn Sign image. Click for full size.
By Karen Cox, October 30, 2011
5. Old Pineapple Inn Sign
The Gleason home is now a bed and breakfast, the Old Pineapple Inn.
 
 
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