mission of the Ormond Beach Historical Society
Inc. is to share
the rich history of Ormond Beach through education and
The Ormond Beach Historical
(OBHS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the
preservation and sharing of Ormond Beach’s historical resources.
OBHS was established in 1976, when its primary goal was to save
John D. Rockefeller’s winter home, The Casements, from
demolition. The Casements was ultimately preserved and purchased
by the City of Ormond Beach. Today, it serves as the city’s
cultural center. Since achieving that goal, the Society has gone
on to preserve and promote some of the most significant
historical sites and structures in Ormond Beach, including the
Indian Burial Mound located on South Beach Street, the Pilgrim’s
Rest Primitive Baptist Church in Bailey River Bridge Gardens, the
Hotel Ormond Cupola in Fortunato Park, the Anderson-Price
Memorial Building on North Beach Street, and the Three Chimneys
Sugar Mill Ruin on West Granada Boulevard.
Click on “History” above to read more
about historic sites in Ormond Beach.
Currently, the Society owns the
1916 Anderson-Price Memorial Building, and administers the
city-owned Hotel Ormond Cupola and the state-owned Three
Chimneys Sugar Mill Ruin. The Society recently secured a Volusia
County ECHO Grant and raised matching funds to preserve the
Three Chimneys (c.1768), the oldest successful British sugar
plantation, sugar mill, and rum distillery in the United States.
OBHS also administers a Welcome Center at the Billy MacDonald
House at 38 East Granada Boulevard, where it maintains a display
of historic photographs, shows a 20-minute orientation video for
visitors, and offers Society merchandise for sale as well as
brochures and information on local attractions.
Click on “Contacts” above for office
hours at the MacDonald House Welcome Center, plus phone and
email contact information.
The historic Anderson-Price
Memorial Building is available to rent for weddings, parties,
and meetings. This beautiful historic structure overlooking the
scenic Halifax River is the ideal place for your next event.
Click on “A-P Rental Info” above for
more details, including pricing and photographs of the facility.
Society events and programs further
its mission by offering historical trolley tours, walking tours,
lectures, displays, and publications focusing on Ormond Beach’s
history. Click on “Events &
Programs” above to find out more about upcoming happenings!
OBHS is the only private,
non-profit, 501(c)(3) membership organization in Ormond Beach
that promotes Ormond Beach’s unique history through its programs
membership helps to preserve the history of Ormond Beach. We
need volunteers just like you to support our mission, events,
and programs. Click on “Membership”
above to find out how you can join and become involved in the
Society’s crucial mission!