“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)

Billy Wallace House

Billy Wallace House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, April 19, 2014
1. Billy Wallace House Marker
Inscription. This house was built circa 1898-1900 by William O. Wallace from Indiana, who lived here with his wife, May Bell and their four children. An expert fisherman and musician, Wallace kept backyard pens filled with live alligators, turtles and fish for nature study. He loved the river and taught children the ways of manatees and porpoises. He shared the fish he caught with other settlers and with the pelicans. Sandhill cranes ate with his chickens, and a tame fawn roamed the yard.

Wallace organized and directed Melbourne’s first orchestra composed of his children and their cousins, the older children of Charles and Addie Wallace Shull who lived nearby. “Uncle Billy’s Band” played at parties at the old Carlton Hotel and at early 4th of July celebrations in Melbourne. Wallace later became the first city band director in West Palm Beach.
Location. 28° 4.188′ N, 80° 35.886′ W. Marker is in Melbourne, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is on Riverview Drive 0.1 miles north of Jernigan Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2612 Riverview Drive, Melbourne FL 32901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Cypress Sawmill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Crenshaw Hotel
The Billy Wallace House image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, April 19, 2014
2. The Billy Wallace House
(approx. half a mile away); First Post Office Site (approx. 0.6 miles away); Orange Spot Inn (approx. 0.7 miles away); Florida East Coast Railroad (approx. 0.7 miles away); Front Street (approx. 0.7 miles away); History of the 1900 Building (approx. 0.7 miles away); Campbell Park (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Melbourne.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. This page has been viewed 364 times since then and 105 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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