By Mike Miller August 21, 2023
Central East Florida heritage and history is an intriguing blend of Old Florida and the high tech space age.
The area began to attract settlers in the years immediately following the end of the Civil War in 1865. Prior to that, it was pretty much a "no man's land".
The beginning of the space age was at Cape Canaveral in the early 1950's. The heritage is still being made with the space program in Brevard County and the racing legends at Daytona Speedway.
This heritage is shared by all 5 counties in this region. Each county has its fair share of sites that are an important part of Central East Florida heritage and history.
Early settlements were in Ormond, Titusville, Cocoa, EauGallie, Melbourne, Sebastian and Fort Pierce. In those early days, life revolved around the Indian River Lagoon.
Fishing provided a livelihood, and the communities were tied together by riverboat transportation in the years before the railroad.
Henry Flagler began extending his railroad south from St. Augustine, and one by one most of these little towns were served by the railroad and began to grow.
The area includes a great diversity of towns and attractions. It starts in the north with Daytona Beach and its International Speedway and world famous beaches.
It's center is anchored by Cape Kennedy. The Space Age exists contentedly among the old Florida towns of Titusville, Cocoa and Melbourne. It is the modern part of Central East Florida heritage and history.
Learn about the towns and cities in this region.