Filed Under Native Americans

Indian Mound Station Sanctuary

A landmark of Titusville Native American history

Entered either from Parrish Road or the south side of Holder Park, this sanctuary covers 147 acres of scrub, pine flatwoods, and forested wetlands. On the south side of Parrish Road, just to the west of the sanctuary boundary, is a prominent ancient mound from which the sanctuary takes its name. This large oval-shaped shell mound is now mostly obscured by vegetation, but it was partially excavated in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and seems to have been used by the native people of the area up to the time of the arrival of Europeans. The mound was still a prominent landmark at the time of the construction of the St. John and Indian River Railroad in the 1880s. A station was established nearby, giving the present sanctuary its full name.

Audio

Bob Gross on Brevard County's ancient mounds Excerpts from an oral history interview conducted by Heather Pierce on October 24th, 2017

Images

Indian Mound Station Trail Source: Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department
Detail of St. Johns River Nautical Chart, Lake Monroe to Lake Washington, 1891 Source: Florida Memory: Florida State Library and Archives
Indian Mound Station Sanctuary Trail Source: Photo: Coherit Associates

Location

4001 Parrish Rd., Mims, FL 32796 | Trail Hours: Daily, Dawn to Dusk Admission: Free Amenities: Trail Map Boards, Parking at Holder Park Phone: (321) 255-4466

Metadata

“Indian Mound Station Sanctuary,” Explore Historic Titusville FL, accessed December 3, 2022, http://history.titusville.com/items/show/5.