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

Original Melbourne Village Hall

 
 
Original Melbourne Village Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, February 13, 2012
1. Original Melbourne Village Hall Marker
Inscription.  This community hall was constructed, circa 1941, as a barracks on the Banana River Naval Air Station. Following World War II, the Naval Air Station became Patrick Air Force Base. In 1948, this building was declared surplus, and sold to the American Homesteading Foundation (AHF), located in Melbourne Village, Florida. The building was barged down the Banana River and Indian River to Melbourne and trucked on the then two-lane U.S. Route 192 to this location. As the center of Village life, the Hall was used for AHF Trustee meetings and annual AHF Membership meetings. It was also used for square dancing, life saving and first aid classes, Women's Guild activities, study groups for organic gardening, art and drama, plus children's crafts, drama, and story time programs. From 1957 until 1963, it provided office space for the newly incorporated Town of Melbourne Village. After 1963, it was used for recreational activities and the Village Men's Club. In 1996, the Town of Melbourne Village Historic Preservation Commission began a campaign to restore this historic landmark. The Town of Melbourne Village with the support of a grant from Brevard County completed
Original Melbourne Village Hall image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, February 13, 2012
2. Original Melbourne Village Hall
Formerly a barracks at NAS Banana River
the restoration in 2003. A Florida Heritage Landmark.
 
Erected 2005. (Marker Number F-542.)
 
Location. 28° 5.091′ N, 80° 39.884′ W. Marker is in Melbourne Village, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is on Hall Drive. Marker is located at the end of Hall Drive which is a dirt road as of 2012. Hall Drive can be reached from Dayton Boulevard off of US 192. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Melbourne FL 32904, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Hernandez-Capron Trail (approx. one mile away); Union Cypress Railway (approx. 1.3 miles away); Naval Air Station Melbourne (approx. 2.1 miles away); Lincoln Hotel (approx. 2.3 miles away); Land Yacht Port-O-Call (approx. 2.3 miles away); Holy Trinity (approx. 2.6 miles away); Florida Institute of Technology (approx. 2.8 miles away); Little Red Schoolhouse (approx. 2.9 miles away).
 
Additional keywords. NAS
 
Categories. Government & PoliticsNotable BuildingsWar, World II
 
Original Melbourne Village Hall image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, February 13, 2012
3. Original Melbourne Village Hall
Hester Wagner Community House image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, February 13, 2012
4. Hester Wagner Community House
aka Melbourne Village Hall
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 17, 2012, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. This page has been viewed 666 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 17, 2012, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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