Ormond Beach in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Built in 1913 by Reverend Dr. Harwood Huntington, The Casements is named for its casement-style windows. Retired Standard Oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, Sr. purchased it in 1918 as a winter residence, in hopes that it would support his desire to live to age 100. Known locally as “Neighbor John,” Rockefeller spent winters here enjoying golf, watching automobile racing on the beach, and meeting “Birthplace of Speed” race drivers. He also spent time socializing at the Hotel Ormond, and welcoming the company of friends such as Will Rogers, Harvey Firestone, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford. Rockefeller died in his bedroom here in May 1937, just short of his 98th birthday. Allegedly his heirs intended to have The Casements razed following his death. Instead it was sold in 1940 to Maud Van Woy, owner and headmistress of the Fairmont Junior College of Washington, D.C. Van Woy transformed the building into the Casements Junior College. Following the closing of the college in 1951, The Casements then served as a religious retirement facility and school. Later it became Casements Manor, a secular retirement facility
Erected 2014 by The Casements Guild of Ormond Beach, The Friends of the Casements and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-824.)
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ormond Beach FL 32176, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hotel Ormond (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Ormond Garage (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ormond Fire House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Beach Racers (approx. half a mile away); Birthplace Of Speed (approx. half a mile away); John Andrew Bostrom (approx. 0.6 miles away); Joseph Downing Price (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Three Chimneys (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ormond Beach.
Categories. • Architecture • Settlements & Settlers •
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