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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Indian River County, Florida

Clickable Map of Indian River County, Florida and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Indian River County, FL (56) Brevard County, FL (316) Okeechobee County, FL (7) Osceola County, FL (89) St. Lucie County, FL (72)  IndianRiverCounty(56) Indian River County (56)  BrevardCounty(316) Brevard County (316)  OkeechobeeCounty(7) Okeechobee County (7)  OsceolaCounty(89) Osceola County (89)  St.LucieCounty(72) St. Lucie County (72)
Vero Beach is the county seat for Indian River County
Adjacent to Indian River County, Florida
      Brevard County (316)  
      Okeechobee County (7)  
      Osceola County (89)  
      St. Lucie County (72)  
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1Florida (Indian River County), Fellsmere — F-519 — Birthplace for Equal Suffrage for Women in Florida
“ The population of Fellsmere is of a high type of intelligence, with lofty ideals and wise execution. Progressive in all things, perhaps no better indication of the fact may be given than the unanimous vote of the town granting unrestricted . . . Map (db m14303) HM
2Florida (Indian River County), Fellsmere — Fellsmere
Fellsmere is a dramatic account of floods, land "booms" and land "busts". Named for E. Nelson Fell, Fellsmere was first incorporated in 1911, as part of St. Lucie County. The Fellsmere Farms Land Development Company promoted the area's rich soils . . . Map (db m14304) HM
3Florida (Indian River County), Fellsmere — F-404 — Fellsmere Grade
Fellsmere, the northernmost town in St. Lucie County in 1919, had a population of over 800 people. The county built the first public road to cross the St. Johns River marsh in St. Lucie County (now Indian River County). Promoted as the . . . Map (db m95495) HM
4Florida (Indian River County), Fellsmere — F-766 — Fellsmere Union Church
(side 1) Fellsmere Union Church, located at 12 North Hickory Street, is the first and oldest church in the City of Fellsmere. The Reverend James A. Liggitt, Pastor of the Presbyterian Church of London, Ohio, and a property owner in . . . Map (db m93260) HM
5Florida (Indian River County), Fellsmere — Fellsmere Veterans Memorial
To honor those who served our country, guarding our shores in times of war and peace.Map (db m14305) HM
6Florida (Indian River County), Fellsmere — F-997 — Frank and Stella Heiser House
Frank William Heiser was born in Lafayette, Indiana, in 1892. He was orphaned at age 14 and later dropped out of school. In 1911, Heiser bought a 20-acre farm in Fellsmere and moved to the area in 1912. He married Fellsmere Sales Company secretary . . . Map (db m127811) HM
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7Florida (Indian River County), Fellsmere — F-707 — The Fellsmere Public School
(side 1) The Fellsmere Public School, the first masonry school building in what is now Indian River County, was constructed during 1915 and 1916 at 22 South Orange Street. The 22,680 square foot, two-story school with a raised basement was . . . Map (db m93265) HM
8Florida (Indian River County), Fellsmere — F-725 — The Fellsmere Railroad
The standard-gauge Fellsmere Railroad was completed in 1910 with 60 lb. rail to replace the old Sebastian & Cincinnatus narrow-gauge railroad built in 1896 between Sebastian and Fellsmere. The Fellsmere Farms Company used the 10-mile-long railroad . . . Map (db m93266) HM
9Florida (Indian River County), Fellsmere — F-693 — The Marian Fell Library
The Merian Fell Library, the oldest library in Indian River County, opened its doors to the public on May 1, 1915 at 63 North Cypress Street, Fellsmere, Florida. Construction of the library was made possible by Marian Fell, daughter of Edward Nelson . . . Map (db m93264) HM
10Florida (Indian River County), Fort Pierce — Mark VII Mod 0 Delivery Vehicle (SDV)National Navy UDT-Seal Museum
The Mark VII SDV began experimental service in 1967, and conducted its first mission off the coast of North Vietnam in June, 1972. It is a four-man, wet, submersible vehicle. It’s acoustic and magnetic signature is minimized by the use of non . . . Map (db m186177) WM
11Florida (Indian River County), Gifford — F-984 — Gifford High School Sundial Landmark
In 1892, William Edward Geoffrey, an African American man from Darlington, South Carolina, came to work on the Florida East Coast Railroad in Gifford. The town's first school was built in 1898, but only served white children. In 1901, Geoffrey . . . Map (db m127810) HM
12Florida (Indian River County), Orchid — F-222 — Site of Survivors’ and Salvagers’ CampThe 1715 Fleet
Late in July, 1715, a hurricane destroyed a fleet of eleven or possibly twelve homeward bound merchant ships carrying cargoes of gold and silver coinage and other valuable items from the American colonies to Spain. About 1500 men, women, and . . . Map (db m14306) HM
13Florida (Indian River County), Sebastian — Historic Hardee Oak
Historic Hardee Oak This live oak tree was planted by Robert Hardee, Jr., in 1891. His mother, Emma Hardee, fought to save it when Main Street was paved in 1925. Sponsor Indian River County Historical Society 1994 . . . Map (db m185770) HM
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14Florida (Indian River County), Sebastian — Moore's Point
This point of land at the junction of the St. Sebastian River and the Indian River was once settled by aboriginal people, the Ais. Pottery shards and ancient shells can still be found along the shore. In 1889, L.C. Moore built the . . . Map (db m93121) HM
15Florida (Indian River County), Sebastian — F-813 — Roseland
The Ays Indians lived along the confluence of the St. Sebastian and the Indian River (Rio d'ays) when the Spanish arrived in the 1500s. For hundreds of years after that, settlements in the Indian River area were restricted to the coastal areas where . . . Map (db m93109) HM
16Florida (Indian River County), Sebastian — F-98 — Sebastian
Settled in the 1870's, Sebastian became an important trading and fishing center during the era of the river steamers. To improve commerce and fishing, pioneers in 1886 attempted unsuccessfully to link the ocean with the river via the Sebastian . . . Map (db m95073) HM
17Florida (Indian River County), Sebastian — War Memorial
In Honor Of All Those Who Served Their Country On Foreign Soil Erected By V.F.W. Post 10210 And Ladies Auxiliary Map (db m185775) WM
18Florida (Indian River County), Sebastian — William Bartram TrailTraced 1773 - 1777 — Deep South Region —
Bartram's great journey to study the flora, fauna and peoples of Florida reached its southernmost point in Sebastian.Map (db m175818) HM
19Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — F-812 — Baseball and Dodgertown
Dodgertown was the spring training facility of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers. Originally part of a World War II Naval Air Station, Dodgertown became the spring training home of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948, when local business leader Bud Holman . . . Map (db m93122) HM
20Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — Bethel Creek House of Refuge1876
The 1st house of refuge on Florida's east coast was constructed on this site which later became part of the U.S. Lifesaving Service. Houses of Refuge were built about 20 miles apart and provided a safe haven for those shipwrecked along the desolate . . . Map (db m112157) HM
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21Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — Breconshire
On 30 April 1894, the British Steamship Breconshire (formerly the Numidian), bound from New York to Tampa, stranded on the offshore limestone reef leaving its boiler visible above the waves. The 24-man crew was sheltered by the U.S. Life Saving . . . Map (db m186018) HM
22Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — Centennial Fountain
On February 23, 2005, the five Rotary Clubs of Indian River County joined together to break ground on this Centennial Fountain. The fountain was built to commemorate Rotary International’s 100th Anniversary and revive the original Rotary . . . Map (db m185888) HM
23Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — F-243 — City of Vero Beach
The pattern of community development which occurred in Vero Beach provides insight into some important aspects of Florida's history. Although the coastal waters in the region attracted fishermen, settlement of this area did not occur until the . . . Map (db m82788) HM
24Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — Combat Wounded VeteransVeterans Memorial Island Sanctuary
Combat Wounded Veterans All Gave Some Some Gave All Map (db m186043) WM
25Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — Community Building
This Property Has Been Placed On The National Register Of Historic Places By The United States Department Of The Interior Community Building 1935 Map (db m185851) HM
26Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — Courthouse Executive Center
. . . Map (db m185801) HM
27Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — Heroes AllVeterans Memorial Island Sanctuary
The Cenotaph nameplates on these markers honor those residents from Indian River Country who paid the Supreme Sacrifice In Defense Of Our Country. ★ The grove of trees that flank the Cenotaphs is dedicated in honor of Gold Star families . . . Map (db m188114) WM
28Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — F-1022 — Historic Hallstrom Farmstead
In the early 1900s, Swedish immigrant and horticulturist Axel Hallstrom sought the warm climate of Florida for his wife's health and moved to this area to from tropical trees and fruits. He first planted pineapples on his new farmstead, in the area . . . Map (db m136027) HM
29Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — Korean War MemorialVeterans Memorial Island Sanctuary
Korean War Memorial Korean War Veteran Association Indian River County, Chapter 318 25 June 1950 ….27 July 1953 We All Gave Some…Some Gave All Casualties 54,246 Dead • 185,284 Wounded 7,245 P.O.W. • 8,175 . . . Map (db m186051) WM
30Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — Lest We ForgetVeterans Memorial Island Sanctuary
Lest We Forget In Memory Of Those Who Paid The Supreme Sacrifice In All Wars In Defense Of Our Country Map (db m186057) WM
31Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — Maher Building
This Property Has Been Placed On The National Register Of Historic Places By The United States Department Of The Interior Map (db m186008) HM
32Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — McKee Jungle Garden Gates
These gates, once the property of Henry Flagler, adorned McKee Jungle Garden’s main entrance from 1932 until 1967. Thereafter, they graced the residence of one of Arthur McKee’s daughters, Mary-Katherine Semon until the time of her husband’s death, . . . Map (db m92563) HM
33Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — F-403 — McKee Jungle Gardens
This is the original site of McKee Jungle Gardens, one of Florida’s earliest tourist attractions. McKee Gardens was founded in 1932 by Vero Beach pioneer Waldo Sexton and Cleveland industrialist Arthur G. McKee. They engaged William Lyman . . . Map (db m92562) HM
34Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — F-815 — Osceola Park Historic Residential District
Osceola Park was one of the first residential subdivisions added to the town of Vero Beach and contains the city's largest concentration of early 20th century buildings. In 1915 and 1917, the Indian River Farms Company, who had platted the original . . . Map (db m93120) HM
35Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — Peace TreeVeterans Memorial Island Sanctuary
Planted To Honor 50 Years Of The End Of World War II. May This Tree Grow 50 Years Of Peace. Dedicated August 14, 1995 Map (db m186081) WM
36Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — Pearl Harbor Survivors AssociationIndian River Chapter #10 - Florida — Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary —
Remember Pearl Harbor • Keep America Alert “Lest We Forget” December 7, 1941 G. Angelo • A. Anzalone • E. Barker • R. Babenny• R. Bigelow • B.W. Bigger • J.A. Blair • R.V. Boyd • R. Boyer • R. Boykin • Joseph Brooke • E.E. Bruffy • . . . Map (db m187784) WM
37Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — POW★MIA MemorialVeterans Memorial Island Sanctuary
POW ★ MIA You Are Not Forgotten Dedicated To Those Held As Prisoners Of War And Missing In Action Map (db m186134) WM
38Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — Regent Court
. . . Map (db m185979) HM
39Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — F-330 — Riomar Clubhouse Saint Edward's School
During the early 1920’s, three Cleveland, Ohio physicians established Riomar as a private winter resort for themselves and their families. The facilities included a clubhouse and guest cottage on what is now Riomar Drive, a nine-hole golf course and . . . Map (db m130537) HM
40Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — Simmons / Seminole Building
Photo: Looking north at the intersection of 14th Avenue and what was then Osceola Blvd. This early photo was in the days before S.R. 60. The large building was the Simmons Building, later called the Seminole Building where the Press Journal is . . . Map (db m185895) HM
41Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — F-255 — Site of Fort Vinton
A few miles southwest of this marker is the site of Fort Vinton. As white settlers moved into Florida, demands increased for the removal of the Seminole Indians to a western reservation. The Seminoles did not wish to leave, and in 1835 the conflict . . . Map (db m137359) HM
42Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — The Big Flywheel
This is the original flywheel which was once a part of the 1937 750-Kilowatt Busch-Sulzberger Air Injected Diesel Engine located within the building as the centerpiece of American Icon Brewery. The big Diesel engine spun this huge wheel as a . . . Map (db m186003) HM
43Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — F-1023 — The Bridges
A parade of Model T automobiles crossed the first bridge to span the Indian River on Labor Day 1920. This made Vero the first community with a bridge to Orchid Island. Made of sabal palm pilings and rough-cut planking, it began on the mainland side . . . Map (db m136026) HM
44Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — The Pueblo Arcade
The Pueblo Arcade Has Been Placed On The National Register Of Historic Places By The United States Department Of The Interior March 8, 1997 Map (db m185822) HM
45Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — Theater Plaza
Theater Plaza Has Been Placed On The National Register Of Historic Places By The United States Department Of The Interior “Vero Theater” April 28, 1992 Map (db m185845) HM
46Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — To Those Who Paid The Supreme SacrificeVeterans Memorial Island Sanctuary
In Memory of Alexander MacWilliams Sr. whose efforts and inspiration founded this beautiful memorial sanctuary. Dedicated to those who paid the supreme sacrifice. ★ ★ ★ “May he walk through these paths of . . . Map (db m187290) HM WM
47Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — F-837 — US-1 Tee-Beam Bridge in Indian River County
The tee-beam bridge at this location carried traffic southbound on US-1 over the Florida East Coast Railway and Old Dixie Highway beginning in 1927. The tee-beam design, constructed from cast-in-place concrete beams and reinforced steel running . . . Map (db m95717) HM
48Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — F-896 — Vero Beach City Hall
Vero’s first town hall building was located at the southeast corner of the original 1913 town plat, west of the Florida East Coast Railway tracks along Osceola Boulevard, later State Road 60. Designed by John Sherwood in the Spanish Mission Revival . . . Map (db m100029) HM
49Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — F-970 — Vero Beach Railway Station
In 1893, Henry Flagler's railroad arrived in Sebastian, and reached Ft. Pierce in 1894, bypassing the tiny community of Vero. Flagler renamed his railroad the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) in 1895. Because of agricultural growth in the area, . . . Map (db m112159) HM
50Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — F-559 — Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary
River travel was vital to the early human activity of Florida and the Indian River area. In the early 1900's, efforts began to dredge the Indian River. By the 1930's, the U.S. Corps of Engineers routinely maintained this channel called the . . . Map (db m95033) HM WM
51Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — Veterans WalkVeterans Memorial Island Sanctuary
This bridge and causeway designated as Veterans Walk is dedicated to All Veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States of AmericaMap (db m188117) WM
52Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — Vietnam Veterans MemorialVeterans Memorial Island Sanctuary
[Side 1] Dedicated To All Vietnam Veterans All Gave Some, Some Gave All Feb 1961-May 1975 [Side 2] In Memory Of The 58232 KIA And The 1677 POW ★ MIA And Of Those Who . . . Map (db m186146) WM
53Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — William Jennings Bryan
In Memory Of William Jennings Bryan The Great Commoner Who delivered his last public address from a platform erected upon this spot at the celebration of the creation of Indian River County, July 2nd, 1925. He was the . . . Map (db m185871) HM
54Florida (Indian River County), Vero Beach — World War I 1917 - 1918 MemorialVeterans Memorial Island Sanctuary
In Memory Of Those Who Served In World War IMap (db m186098) WM
55Florida (Indian River County), Wabasso — F-912 — Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Beulah African Methodist Episcopal Church was the first house of worship in Wabasso to be affiliated with a national congregation. Its founders settled here in the early 1900s as laborers in agriculture, lumber, turpentine, and construction, the . . . Map (db m112156) HM
56Florida (Indian River County), Winter Beach — Quay Dock Road
Historic wagon road built in 1890's and used by early settlers on John's Island and the peninsula to transport their produce from the Quay Dock to Quay Station now Winter Beach.Map (db m175724) HM
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Nov. 29, 2022