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

Wager's Grocery Store & Wharf - c. 1875

Historic Titusville

 
 
Wager's Grocery Store & Wharf - c. 1875 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, October 20, 2019
1. Wager's Grocery Store & Wharf - c. 1875 Marker
Inscription.  ”P.E. Wager is constantly receiving fresh supplies of Dry Goods, Groceries, & Hardware… The oldest business house on the Indian River.”
-Advertisement in Wager’s Florida Star newspaper, c. 1880

In 1875, Perry E. Wager came to Titusville and on this site, began operating a grocery store called "The Headquarters." The original structure laid partially in this right-of-way, with a dock extending well out into the Indian River. Wager and his son Ellis published Titusville's first newspaper, the Florida Star, in 1880.

The existing private residence you see to your left was built in 1882 to house both the store and the newspaper office. Its second floor frequently served as a community ballroom.

In the 1870s, J.W. Joyner built a storehouse and a saloon on the site to your right. Joyner's residence was built on pilings in the river. John Zeller had a wheelwright shop just beyond the water's edge and a smith shop nearby. These early structures are shown on the 1879 plat of Joynerville. Judge George Robbins bought this site and in 1900 built the private home to your right.
 
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Marker detail: Wager residence, early 1900s image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Wager residence, early 1900s
City of Titusville.
 
Location. 28° 36.481′ N, 80° 48.378′ W. Marker is in Titusville, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is on South Street east of Indian River Avenue. Marker is located at the east end of South Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Titusville FL 32796, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Titusville Vietnam War Memorial (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Titusville School House - 1900 (about 800 feet away); The Pritchard House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Titus House (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Titus House & the Indian River Hotel, c. 1869 (approx. ¼ mile away); Scobie Fish & Oyster Company - 1885 (approx. 0.3 miles away); JT&KW Railroad & Indian River Steamboat Wharf, 1885 (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Titusville.
 
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Marker detail: Judge Robbins home, early 1900s image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Judge Robbins home, early 1900s
Wager's Grocery Store & Wharf Marker<br>(<i>wide view to the left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, October 20, 2019
4. Wager's Grocery Store & Wharf Marker
(wide view to the left)
The existing private residence you see to your left was built in 1882 to house both the store and the newspaper office. Its second floor frequently served as a community ballroom.
Wager's Grocery Store & Wharf Marker<br>(<i>wide view to the right</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, October 20, 2019
5. Wager's Grocery Store & Wharf Marker
(wide view to the right)
In the 1870s, J.W. Joyner built a storehouse and a saloon on the site to your right. Judge George Robbins bought this site and in 1900 built the private home to your right.
Force Main Valves Installation Project sign<br>(<i>coincidentally posted directly behind marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, October 20, 2019
6. Force Main Valves Installation Project sign
(coincidentally posted directly behind marker)
On July 30, 2018, a collection system failure at the South Street lift station resulted in an unauthorized discharge of approximately 870,000 gallons of raw wastewater to the Indian River Lagoon.

As a result of Florida Department of Environmental Protection enforcement action, Consent Order 18-1225, the City of Titusville has installed 4 isolation valves on wastewater force mains in close proximity to the Indian River Lagoon.

Isolation valves help to protect the Indian River Lagoon in the event of a future system failure. The valves segment the wastewater mains and reduce wastewater flow should a break occur. Isolation valves also reduce the time needed to implement corrective actions.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 20, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   5. submitted on October 21, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   6. submitted on October 20, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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