Distance: 39 miles
Driving Time: 1 hour 3 minutes
What to expect: You should figure on spending some extra time on the trails at the Oak and Palm Hammock, exploring the historic LaGrange Cemetery, and walking through Titusville’s early downtown commercial district. A visit to the Pritchard House may extend this tour to about half a day. Restrooms and other visitor facilities are noted in the brief descriptions of the highlighted tour stops.
This tour will follow in the footsteps of the earliest European and American explorers, military leaders, and settlers who established outposts, agricultural communities, and a thriving city on the banks of the Indian River. The tour will begin on Merritt Island, site of some of the earliest citrus groves and American settlements in the area and continue to LaGrange, whose founders were instrumental in the later establishment and expansion of Titusville.
The tour then traces the early growth of Titusville itself from Sand Point southward along Washington Avenue. It highlights some of the memorable events that took place in Titusville and some of the city’s prominent leaders in the decades after the Civil War.
The commercial district of Titusville, centering on the 300 block of South Washington Avenue and including other structures on Main Street, Julia Street, and South Street, represents the historic core of the city. While most of the visible structures post-date the catastrophic fire of 1895 and represent the building boom of the twentieth century, a number of significant sites from the early period of Titusville’s history are commemorated with illustrated panels or wall plaques that identify some of the main events and personalities of the city in the late 1800s. Visitors interested in this pioneering era can explore the commercial district on foot (approximately 0.5 mile loop).