The mission of the Ormond Beach Historical Society Inc. is to share the rich history of Ormond Beach through education and preservation.
The Ormond Beach Historical Society (OBHS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and sharing of Ormond Beachs historical resources. OBHS was established in 1976, when its primary goal was to save John D. Rockefellers winter home, The Casements, from demolition. The Casements was ultimately preserved and purchased by the City of Ormond Beach. Today, it serves as the citys cultural center. Since achieving that goal, the Society has gone on to preserve and promote some of the most significant historical sites and structures in Ormond Beach, including the Indian Burial Mound located on South Beach Street, the Pilgrims Rest Primitive Baptist Church in Bailey River Bridge Gardens, the Hotel Ormond Cupola in Fortunato Park, the Anderson-Price Memorial Building on North Beach Street, and the Three Chimneys Sugar Mill Ruin on West Granada Boulevard. Click on History above to read more about historic sites in Ormond Beach.
Currently, the Society owns the 1916 Anderson-Price Memorial Building, and administers the city-owned Hotel Ormond Cupola and the state-owned Three Chimneys Sugar Mill Ruin. The Society recently secured a Volusia County ECHO Grant and raised matching funds to preserve the Three Chimneys (c.1768), the oldest successful British sugar plantation, sugar mill, and rum distillery in the United States. OBHS also administers a Welcome Center at the Billy MacDonald House at 38 East Granada Boulevard, where it maintains a display of historic photographs, shows a 20-minute orientation video for visitors, and offers Society merchandise for sale as well as brochures and information on local attractions. Click on Contacts above for office hours at the MacDonald House Welcome Center, plus phone and email contact information.
The historic Anderson-Price Memorial Building is available to rent for weddings, parties, and meetings. This beautiful historic structure overlooking the scenic Halifax River is the ideal place for your next event. Click on A-P Rental Info above for more details, including pricing and photographs of the facility.
Society events and programs further its mission by offering historical trolley tours, walking tours, lectures, displays, and publications focusing on Ormond Beachs history. Click on Events & Programs above to find out more about upcoming happenings!
OBHS is the only private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) membership organization in Ormond Beach that promotes Ormond Beachs unique history through its programs and events.
Your Society membership helps to preserve the history of Ormond Beach. We need volunteers just like you to support our mission, events, and programs. Click on Membership above to find out how you can join and become involved in the Societys crucial mission!
The Society has received financial support from the City of Ormond Beach, the County of Volusia, the Florida Humanities Council, and the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.