Open to the public Saturday through Sunday, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Before 1876, the area that became known as the settlement of Eldora was home to Native Americans and few woodsmen who lived off the land. The community's history spans four distinct time periods:
Growth and development as an agricultural community, and a steamboat stop serving the East Coast of Florida before the arrival of the railroads. In addition, the government built a United States Lifesaving Service "House of Refuge" on the site of today's parking area five.
Rest and recreation, as the village shifted from industry to "gentleman's farming" and winter seasonal homes for leisure pursuits. Several events caused this shift: The arrival of the railroad on the mainland, the relocation of the Intracoastal Waterway and several freezes that destroyed citrus crops. Sport hunting and fishing lodges also became popular during this period.
Slow decline as the Florida tourism interests changed and the Coast Guard moved their station to Ponce Inlet on the north end of the island.
Rehabilitation and preservation with the formation of the Canaveral National Seashore in 1975, assuring that public ownership will preserve the history and culture of Eldora for future generations.
The Eldora State House (1913) is the last remaining home from the Eldora community that was established in 1876. Enjoy a brief stroll through the century-old live oaks to the once thriving village of Eldora. Close your eyes as you rock on the porch and imagine the excitement of the arrival of a steamboat, or just absorb a magnificent sunset over Mosquito Lagoon. Both activities were enjoyed by early residents and visitors alike, along with horseback riding and walks on the beach. Step back in time, relax and experience Eldora.