Historic Rossetter House Museum & Gardens






John Houston, from Enterprise in Volusia County the original owner of the property came to Eau Gallie with his son to buy 160 acres of land in the late 1850s. The Rossetter House named after the owner James Rossetter who bought the house in 1904 listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Original furnishings throughout the house in the Ladies and Men’s Parlors, bedrooms, butler’s pantry and kitchen. The butler’s pantry and kitchen separate from the rest of house contained both dining room and kitchen tables, china, a Hoosier Cabinet popular in the first part of the twentieth century and a crank phone that the sisters continued to use. Mr. Rossetter a fish broker and an agent for Standard Oil of Kentucky. After his death in 1921, his daughter Carrie became an agent for Standard Oil of Kentucky for 62 years. His daughter Ella owned and operated an insurance agency.

The Roesch House across the street from the Rossetter House built in 1901 for Ada Louise Houston daughter of John Houston and husband William Roesch. Photos of John Houston, Carrie and Ella, Carrie in her Model T Ford and James Rossetter and his three sons.

Browse in the bookstore. Books on Pioneer Settlers of Melbourne, Florida Space Coast, Cookbooks, Zora Neal Hurston, books on the Civil War in Florida and Rose Cottage Chronicles the Civil War Letters of the Bryant-Stephens Families of North Florida.

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Jacaranda, Carissa plumb flower, Cone Ginger, Confederate Jasmine and Norfolk Island Palm. Walk along the path and admire the many plants that surround the house, fountain and gazebo. A decorative mailbox facing the river because the mail came by boat. A covered patio idyllic for a wedding ceremony.

I recommend the tour the guide was very knowledgeable. Admission prices and hours of operation on the website.

Kraft Azalea Garden


0719151313-00Enjoy a lazy summer day sitting on a bench at Kraft Azalea Garden along Lake Maitland. A monument dedicated to Leonard J. Hackney creator of Azalea Garden. Kenneth H. and Elizabeth P. Kraft donated Exedra Monument to Winter Park.

0719151332-00Thousands of Azaleas bloom between January and March, huge Cypress trees and a Banyan tree native to India in the 5.2-acre park. A perfect way to pass the time watching the Great Egret during nesting season in the spring.

0719151336-00Watch people skiing, fishing, sightseers on boats and standup paddle boarding or you can sit on the dock, admire the beautiful scenery or listen to the waves made by the boats break along the shore. Phone numbers on the website to schedule an event.

Shady Park






Shady Park named for the abundance of shade trees. Located in Hannibal Square historic neighborhood in Winter Park an African-American Community established in the early 1880s. A monument at the front of the park dedicated to the residents of Hannibal Square.


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Mount Dora History Museum






Walk down Royellou Lane a narrow one-way street to the Mount Dora History Museum. Mount Dora originally named Royellou after Ross Tremain the first postmaster’s three children Roy, Ella and Louis. The museum originally housed a firehouse and police station. A hand drawn hose cart on display. The police station had a jail that housed prisoners from 1923 until 1969. Marty our museum guide told us that during the only breakout at the jail the inmate couldn’t take the miserable conditions so he broke out by removing bricks out of the wall. He left word that he would return for his trial.0705151316-00





Photographs of early Mount Dora. Donnelly Street in 1916, “The Tower” home of Warren Butler, The Risley Home in 1892, The Methodist and Congregational Churches in the mid-1880s. A life and portrait of J.P. Donnelly the first mayor of Mount Dora. An early kitchen that includes a Hoosier cabinet popular in the early part of the 20th century and a kitchen stove. Period furniture includes a piano, high chair and a wood burning stove.

We learned a great deal about the early settlers of Mount Dora. Free entrance to the museum, donations accepted.