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.
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.