Leaving Bellepaca with a sleeping Lady V, we decided to drive to the Canaveral National Seashore and visit Eldora. By then V will have at least an hour’s nap.
The last time I visited Eldora was in the 1990’s and it was being restored. I had come in by boat, while fishing in the lagoon, came ashore, walked up to the house and was accosted by a net of mosquitos. We turned around, ran back to the boat, dove in and pushed off from shore. This place can be brutal in the summer.
However, with the stiff breezes off the water, we felt safe from the flying insects.
Eldora was a small waterfront community of orange groves from around 1877 to 1900. The waterway was the main source of supplies and transportation for the crops. During the winters of 1894 and 1895 there were big freezes which killed off the citrus groves and the north-south railroad bypassed the town replacing the waterway transportation. Eldora just faded away! The population was around 200 and they all left.
Doris Leeper was the last resident of Eldora . After her death the federal government took over the land incorporating it into the National Seashore. Only two original buildings remain. “The Eldora House” houses a museum.
We sat in the rocking chairs on the front porch of the house enjoying the view and the cool breezes from the water.
A short walk back to the car and we were off for our next adventure …. ICE CREAM!!!!!