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

Valencia Historic District

Valencia Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, November 18, 2013
1. Valencia Historic District Marker
Inscription. The Valencia Historic District was developed during the Florida Land Boom of the 1920s. The Valencia Homes Company was formed in 1924 by local businessmen C. Sweet Smith, Charles D. Smith, L. S. Andrews and Horace R. Bruen. The company acquired a 22-acre tract of land that was formerly the site of the Plaza Hotel and occupied in part by an orange grove. In March 1924 the company platted the subdivision and named it after the type of oranges that grew there, and for a region in Spain. They built impressive entry gates, a waterworks, paved roads, and installed light posts and tropical landscaping. Each lot was 25 feet wide and most buyers purchased at least two lots to build on. Each sale agreement required that the homes constructed must cost $4,000 or more and that they be of Spanish, Moorish or Italian architectural design. The official architect for Valencia was Richard W. Rummell, Jr., who designed many of Brevard County’s most impressive buildings. All of the contributing homes were built between 1924 and 1926 and are excellent examples of the Mediterranean Revival style. The Valencia Subdivision was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.
Erected 2007 by The Brevard County Historical Commission, The Brevard Heritage Council, The Brevard County Tourist Development Council
Valencia Marker and Dock Sign image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, November 18, 2013
2. Valencia Marker and Dock Sign
Indian River Lagoon in the background.
and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-600.)
Location. 28° 20.208′ N, 80° 43.052′ W. Marker is in Rockledge, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is at the intersection of Rockledge Drive and Valencia Road, on the right when traveling south on Rockledge Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rockledge FL 32955, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lawndale (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (approx. 1.2 miles away); Edward Postell Porcher House (approx. 1.3 miles away); Hernandez Trail (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Last Naval Battle of the American Revolutionary War (approx. 2.4 miles away); Ulumay (approx. 3.3 miles away); Provost Hall (approx. 4.1 miles away); Georgiana Railway: 1892-1894 (approx. 4.2 miles away).
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Valencia Historic District Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, November 18, 2013
3. Valencia Historic District Entrance
Looking west along Valencia Road
Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 18, 2013, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. This page has been viewed 493 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 18, 2013, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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