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James Wadswsorth Rossetter House

 
 
James Wadswsorth Rossetter House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karen Cox, October 30, 2011
1. James Wadswsorth Rossetter House Marker
Inscription. Descended from 17th Century New England pioneers, James Rossetter (1863-1921) was born in Hamilton County, Florida. Rossetter arrived in Eau Gallie in 1902 and became a leader in the local fishing industry, harvesting the many local waterways as a charter partner of the Indian River & Lake Worth Fish Company. Later, he would form his own wholesale fishing enterprise and would go on to develop a fish pound at the Bight of Canaveral, precursor of Port Canaveral. The James W. Rossetter House began as a small existing structure on this property, which Rossetter bought in 1904. To expand his newly purchased home, Rossetter bought the winter home of John Aspinwall, a wealthy New York industrialist, and moved it to its present location. The Aspinwall structure, built in 1890 and now the west wing of the house, was connected to the existing building with open-air breezeways. Many of the designs used in the construction of boats were employed n the building of the house, as evidenced by the whimsical wood patterns inside the home. The scale of the home in relation to the surrounding residential area reflects the early success of Rossetter's industrial endeavors.
 
Erected 2006 by The Brevard County Historical Commission The Brevard County Tourist Development Council The Florida Historical Society and the
James Wadswsorth Rossetter House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karen Cox, October 30, 2011
2. James Wadswsorth Rossetter House Marker
Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-572.)
 
Location. 28° 7.747′ N, 80° 37.574′ W. Marker is in Melbourne, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is at the intersection of Highland Avenue and Hector Street on Highland Avenue. Touch for map. Just south of eastbound State Road 518, (Montreal Ave), on Highland Ave. Marker is in this post office area: Melbourne FL 32935, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The James W. Rossetter House (within shouting distance of this marker); Roesch House (within shouting distance of this marker); Twin Oaks (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Houston Pioneer Cemetery (about 500 feet away); Corner of Highland and Eau Gallie Blvd. (about 500 feet away); Highland and St. Clair Street (about 600 feet away); Site of First Houston Homestead (about 600 feet away); Downtown Eau Gallie (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Melbourne.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2011, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. This page has been viewed 549 times since then and 42 times this year. Last updated on November 5, 2011, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 30, 2011, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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