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Ormond Beach in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Casements

 
 
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Photographed By Brandon D Cross, December 3, 2019
1. The Casements Marker
Inscription.  

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 and
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transient hotel, and finally, the Ormond Hotel-Casements.
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The property, which included a separate cottage called “South House,” was expanded through the years by each owner’s addition of staff residences, garage apartments, and dormitories. It fell into an extended period of owner neglect and was finally abandoned. Again destined to be razed in the late 1960s, The Casements was saved by local citizens. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, and the City of Ormond Beach purchased the property in 1974. It was restored with a federal Economic Development Administration grant under the Local Public Works Act in 1978 and reopened in 1979 as The Community Enrichment Center of Ormond Beach, a historical, educational and cultural facility also hosting community events. With the additions removed, The Casements evokes the residence built by Rev. Dr. Huntington and purchased by John D. Rockefeller. The State of Florida designated John D. Rockefeller “A Great Floridian” in November 2000.
 
Erected 2014 by The Casements Guild of Ormond Beach, The Friends of the Casements and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-824.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture
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Photographed By Brandon D Cross, December 3, 2019
2. The Casements Marker reverse
Settlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 29° 17.289′ N, 81° 2.808′ W. Marker is in Ormond Beach, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Riverside Drive and East Granada Boulevard (State Road 40), on the left when traveling south. The marker is located in the Casements Museum parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach FL 32176, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Casements (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hotel Ormond (about 600 feet away); The World War Honor Roll (about 800 feet away); Veterans of the Vietnam War (about 800 feet away); Veterans of the Korean War (about 800 feet away); Emmons Cottage c. 1885 (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Ormond Garage (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ormond Fire House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ormond Beach.
 
The Casements Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, December 3, 2019
3. The Casements Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 282 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 7, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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