The history of Cocoa and its bedroom community, Rockledge, falls into two time frames: the first is exploration and settlement; the second began in the 1950s when the Space Age began and drastic change ensued. It takes a mighty stretch of the imagination to leap from the founding and settlement of St. Augustinea few miles north and a few centuries priorto the incorporation of Cocoa and Rockledge. Of course, over the centuries, there were people in the areahunters, fisherman, Native Americans, adventurersbut no true settlers until after the War Between the States, when people sought to make a new life in a new place. Geographically, the area featured in this volume includes Cocoa to the north, the Indian River to the east, Pineda to the south, and the St. Johns River to the west, the only river in the United States that flows north. Once famous for citrus, fishing, tourism, and mosquitoes, the space program and its service industries now dominate the economy of the area.
About the Author
This collection of historic images was compiled by Alma Clyde Field, Ada Edmiston Parrish, and George Leland “Speedy” Harrell. They have gathered vintage photographs and other memorabilia from their personal collections, the library of the Florida Historical Society, the Central Brevard Mosquito Beaters, and the archives of local and longtime residents.