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

Titus House & the Indian River Hotel, c. 1869

Historic Titusville

 
 
Titus House & the Indian River Hotel, c. 1869 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, February 3, 2017
1. Titus House & the Indian River Hotel, c. 1869 Marker
Inscription. The Titus House was one of the earliest hotels on the Indian River. It was built by Henry Titus, founder of Titusville, on the site across the street. Col. Titus had a colorful career that included blockade running during the Civil War. He became familiar with the small settlement here known as Sand Point, and returned soon after the war concluded. His wife Mary Hopkins had acquired title to this tract of land, and Titus envisioned great possibilities.

Before 1885, no railroad came to Titusville. Visitors usually traveled south from Jacksonville by steamboats on the St. Johns River, proceeding on to Salt lake a few miles west of here, or coming overland from Enterprise.

After Titus died in 1881, the Titus House was sold and expanded into the Indian River Hotel, which incorporated the original structure's wings. By 1915, it had become The Dixie Hotel, which it remained until fire partially destroyed the historic inn in 1962. The structure was torn down and replaced with high-rise apartments.

"We found the Titus House very comfortable, immaculately clean, and the parlor had matting on the floor, and curtains on the windows, glass windows!"
- A young female visitor, 1880
 
Erected by City of Titusville.
 
Location.
Titus House & the Indian River Hotel, c. 1869 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, February 3, 2017
2. Titus House & the Indian River Hotel, c. 1869 Marker
Looking south on Indian River Avenue
28° 36.701′ N, 80° 48.387′ W. Marker is in Titusville, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is on Indian River Avenue 0.1 miles south of Main Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Titusville FL 32796, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Titus House (within shouting distance of this marker); Scobie Fish & Oyster Company - 1885 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Pritchard House (about 700 feet away); St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Titusville Negro School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Titusville Veteran's Memorial Fishing Pier (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hernandez Trail (approx. 1.6 miles away); Oliver's Camp (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Titusville.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 15, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 300 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 15, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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