“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Melbourne Beach in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

The Ryckman House

The Ryckman House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, January 24, 2015
1. The Ryckman House Marker
Inscription.  One of the first homes in Melbourne Beach, the Ryckman House was built in 1890 for Jacob Fox by Captain Rufus W. Beaujean. Both men were original investors in the Melbourne Beach Company, later named the Melbourne Beach Improvement Company. The Ryckman House was built of native pine and cypress that was brought to Melbourne Beach on the vessel Frost Line. The two-story house originally had no electricity, and water came from the Improvement Company’s free-flowing artesian well. Jacob Fox and his family spent several seasons living here, enjoying the Atlantic, hunting, fishing, and socializing with the town’s few residents. Garrett E. Ryckman, a vintner from Brockton, N.Y., and a major shareholder in the original Melbourne Beach Company, acquired the house in 1908. The Ryckmans and their son Lawrence came to Melbourne Beach in 1908, followed by their daughter Ruth in 1910, after her graduation from Vassar College. Ruth Ryckman was an active member of the Melbourne Beach community, volunteering her services as a private nurse to the town for many years. She bequeathed the Ryckman House to the Town of Melbourne Beach upon her death in 1979
The Ryckman House with marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, January 24, 2015
2. The Ryckman House with marker
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Erected 2012 by Commodore John Barry Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-750.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
Location. 28° 4.097′ N, 80° 33.892′ W. Marker is in Melbourne Beach, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is on Ocean Aveune east of Riverside Drive, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 507 Ocean Avenue, Melbourne Beach FL 32951, 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. The Villa Marine (within shouting distance of this marker); Melbourne & Atlantic Railroad (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Melbourne Beach Pier (about 300 feet away); Community Chapel of Melbourne Beach Florida (about 500 feet away); Myrtle Cottage (about 600 feet away); Old Melbourne Beach Town Hall (approx. 1˝ miles away); Indialantic Casino (approx. 1.7 miles away); Billy Wallace House (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Melbourne Beach.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 20, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 873 times since then and 211 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 20, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 2, 2022