Historical Markers in
Brevard County, Florida

18th Century Whaling Ship Anchor 1957: Cold War Cooperation 99th Fighter Squadron A-7E Carrier-based attack-bomber Address by President Lincoln Advent Christian Church Aiming at the Heavens American Revolutionary War American Revolutionary War America’s Women Veterans An Industry Workhorse Apollo 1 Apollo 10 Apollo 11 Apollo 12 Apollo 13 Apollo 14 Apollo 15 Apollo 16 Apollo 17 Apollo 7 Apollo 8 Apollo 9 Atlantis Back On Top Battle of the Bulge Bensen House Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Merritt Island & Community Cemetery Billy Wallace House Breckenridge Landing Brevard County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Records Building Brevard County Courthouse Brevard County World War I Memorial Brown v. Board of Education Campbell Park Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Carleton Hotel - Idlewylde Hotel Carpenter Family Garden Carter-Fuller Mound Complex Causeway Challenger Chasing the Russian Bear Cocoa Beach Pier 1984 Anchor Cocoa Village Playhouse Cold War Columbia Combat Wounded Veterans Community Chapel of Melbourne Beach Florida Complex 14 Corner of Highland and Eau Gallie Blvd. Corner of Highland and Law Street Crenshaw Hotel Cruise In, Cruise Out Delta II: By The Numbers Dennis Sawyer Memorial Park and Cemetery Discovery Douglas Dummett - Dummett Grove Downtown Eau Gallie Dr. Mary Jane McLeod Bethune Eatonville Eau Gallie Bridge to the Beach Eau Gallie Public Library Eau Gallie Yacht Basin Eau Gallie Yacht Club Edward Postell Porcher House Emmet Till Emory Lawrence Bennett Endeavour Enterprise First Buffalo Hunt First Medical Practice Serving Cocoa Beach First Post Office Site First Roman Catholic Church in Brevard County First United States Space Launch Florida East Coast Railroad Florida Honors and Remembers our POW’s and MIA’s Florida Honors and Remembers our POW’s and MIA’s Florida Institute of Technology Freedom Riders From The Bivouac of The Dead From Village to Mega-Port Front Street Gen. John B. Castleman House Georgiana Railway: 1892-1894 Georgianna United Methodist Church Getting History Off the Ground Ginter Building Global Television Arrives Greater St. James Missionary Baptist Church of Mims Greensboro Sit-Ins Groveland Four Harbor City Hotel Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Homesite Harry Tyson Moore Harry Tyson Moore Haulover Canal Henegar School Complex Hernandez Trail Hernandez Trail Highland and St. Clair Street Historic Brevard County Courthouse Historic Cocoa Post Office Historic Derby Street Chapel Historic Downtown Titusville History of the 1900 Building Hodgson Brothers Store and Boatways Hodgson Home and Drugstore Holy Trinity Houston Pioneer Cemetery Huckabay & Budge Hardware I Dream of Jeannie In Memory of Percy L. Hedgecock Indialantic Casino James Wadswsorth Rossetter House James, General Daniel “Chappie”, Jr. (1920–1978) John H. Sams Homestead John R. Field Homestead JT&KW Railroad & Indian River Steamboat Wharf, 1885 Jules Verne vs. NASA’s Apollo 11 Juneteenth Karrick's Grocery Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39 - 1965 Korean Service Memorial Korean Veterans Memorial Korean War LaGrange Community Cemetery LaGrange Community Church LaGrange/Mims Community Cemetery Land Yacht Port-O-Call Launch Complex 34 Launch Complex 39 Launch Record Lawndale Learning to Drive Learning to Phone Home Liberty Tree Liberty Tree Lincoln Hotel Little Red Schoolhouse Little Rock Nine LR91-3 Engine M41 Walker Bulldog American light tank March On Washington Mars Exploration Rover Medal of Honor Medgar Evers Melbourne & Atlantic Railroad Melbourne Beach Pier Melbourne Hotel Melbourne Ice Plant Melbourne Public Library Mexican War Military at Work in the Port Mitchelville, South Carolina Myles Building Myrtle Cottage NASA’s Jet Set National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Navaho Naval Air Station Melbourne Navy Seabees North Brevard County Veterans Honor Roll Ocoee Race Riots - 1920 Old City Hall Complex Old Eau Gallie Post Office and Surrounding Area Old Glory Old Melbourne Beach Town Hall Oliver's Camp Operation Desert Storm Operation Enduring Freedom Operation Iraqi Freedom Orange Spot Inn Original Melbourne Village Hall Orion Pentoaya Persian Gulf War Population on the Rise Port Canaveral Historic Milestones Port Canaveral Historic Milestones Port Canaveral Historic Milestones Port Canaveral Historic Milestones Port Canaveral Historic Milestones Port Canaveral Historic Milestones Port Canaveral Historic Milestones Possible Vicinity of Juan Ponce de Leon’s Landing POW★MIA Project Mercury Memorial Provost Hall RL-10 Engine Robert H. Goddard’s First Liquid Fueled Rocket Roesch House Rosa Parks Rosewood Massacre - 1921 S.S. Leopoldville SATAN Tracking Antenna Saturn V Scobie Fish & Oyster Company - 1885 September, 11th, 2001 Shaping Things to Come Shooting the Moon, Dreaming of Stars Site of First Houston Homestead Site of First Permanent Log Cabin Site of the B-24 Crash During W.W. II Site of the First Church Sky Soldiers Smith Family Homestead Sons of the American Revolution Spanish-American War St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church St. John's Episcopal Church St. Luke's Episcopal Church St. Mark’s Episcopal Church St. Paul's United Methodist Church Staff Sergeant Melvin Morris Striving For Peace Throughout The World Swords Into Plowshares The Addison/Ellis Canal The Benecke Family Garden The Briggs Family History Garden The Campbell Family Garden The Clifton Colored School The Crannell Family Garden The Duda Pavilion at the Brevard Zoo The End of the Beginning The First Congregational Church of Melbourne The Flavor of Freedom The Freedom Tree The Happy Creek Garden The Hernandez-Capron Trail The Hernandez-Capron Trail The James W. Rossetter House The Last Naval Battle of the American Revolutionary War The Legacy of Dennis Sawyer The Legend of the Cresent Moon on the Outhouse Door The Losley - Evans Family Garden The Music Shop / Jepson Furniture Store W.B. Knox Clothing & Men’s Furnishings The Nelson Family Garden The Power of Apollo The Pritchard House The Pritchard-Boye’ Family Garden The Ryckman House The S. F. Travis Company The Steamboat Pioneer, 1877 The Sun Rides a Workhorse The Tallahassee Bus Boycott The Thompson Family Garden The Thousand Islands The Tuskegee Airmen Of World War II The Ultimate Sacrifice The Villa Marine The William H. Gleason House The “Dixie Doughboy” The “Olde Dawgs” Story Thurgood Marshall Tin Can Tourist Campground Titus House Titus House & the Indian River Hotel, c. 1869 Titusville Florida Titusville Negro School Titusville School House - 1900 Titusville Veteran's Memorial Fishing Pier Titusville Vietnam War Memorial To and From the Banana River Trysting Steps and Bluff Walk Twin Oaks U.S. Military Chaplain Corps Ulumay Union Cypress Railway Union Cypress Sawmill United States Air Force United States Air Force United States Army United States Coast Guard United States Marine Corps United States Navy Valencia Historic District Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Park Vietnam 1959-1975 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Vietnam War Violence In Hemming Plaza Virgil D. Hawkins – April 1949 Voting Rights Act Wager's Grocery Store & Wharf - c. 1875 Walker Bank Building War Dogs War of 1812 We Are “Go” For Launch Welcome To The Moon Tree Garden William Bartram Trail William Bartram Trail Windover Archaeological Site Winter-Time Ais Indian Town of Pentoaya Working in Space, Two By Two World War I World War II World War II "TFNG" "The Eagle Has Landed" "We Have Liftoff"
The Everglades, one of Florida's most iconic natural landmarks, was not always a protected area. In fact, it was once considered a worthless swamp and was drained and developed for agricultural purposes in the early 20th century.
Brevard County, located on the eastern coast of Florida, has a rich and diverse history that stretches back thousands of years. The area was originally inhabited by indigenous tribes, including the Ais and Timucuan tribes, who relied on fishing and hunting for sustenance. European colonization began in the 16th century when Spanish explorers first arrived in the area.

During the 19th century, Brevard County experienced rapid growth and development. In 1844, the county was officially established and named after Theodore Washington Brevard, a local judge and politician. The arrival of the Florida East Coast Railway in the late 1800s spurred further growth, making Brevard County an important transportation hub for trade and tourism.

In the 20th century, Brevard County's history became closely intertwined with the space industry. In 1962, the John F. Kennedy Space Center was established on Merritt Island, becoming a central hub for NASA's space exploration efforts. The county witnessed historical moments such as the first manned moon landing in 1969 and the launch of numerous space shuttles.

Today, Brevard County continues to thrive, known for its stunning natural beauty, vibrant communities, and a diverse economy that includes aerospace, tourism, and agriculture. The area is home to beaches, wildlife preserves, and recreational opportunities. Brevard County's history and modern-day advancements make it a dynamic and unique part of Florida's cultural landscape.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Brevard County, Florida.

  • 1844 - Brevard County is established and named after Theodore Washington Brevard, a Florida state comptroller.
  • 1875 - Titusville is incorporated as the county seat and becomes a major hub for the Indian River citrus industry.
  • 1894 - The first railroad reaches Brevard County, connecting Titusville to the rest of Florida.
  • 1950s - NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center is established in Brevard County, triggering rapid population growth and an increase in tourism.
  • 1981 - The first space shuttle, Columbia, launches from Kennedy Space Center.
  • 1999 - Brevard County is hit by Hurricane Floyd, causing significant damage and disruption.
  • 2004 - Brevard County experiences the destructive effects of Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne within weeks of each other.
  • 2011 - The last space shuttle mission, STS-135, takes off from Kennedy Space Center, marking the end of the Space Shuttle Program.