150th Titusville Anniversary Tree
by Roz Foster
Planted on Florida Arbor Day January 20, 2017
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|The age-old Laurel Oak Tree that stood in the northeast gardens at the Historic Pritchard House was replaced with a 15 ft. Live Oak Tree that was planted by the City of Titusville on the back lawn of the to give it plenty of room to grow and provide much needed shade. The tree was designated as the 150th Titusville Anniversary Tree in commemoration of the founding of Titusville 1867-2017, and hopefully the Live Oak Tree will flourish and still be around when Titusville celebrates the 200th Anniversary in 2067.
Lucy and Arlynn at Sam's House Pioneer Days Feb 2016
November 15, 2014
Barbara and Margarite manning table at Enchanted Forest April 2014
June 20, 2013
Presentation by Roz Foster on the proposed Brevard Heritage Park
May 5, 2012
KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY
November 9, 2012
Historic Preservation Educational Workshop
"I Own a Historic Building...What Do I Do Now?"
FROM SAILING SHIP TO SPACE SHIPS
Where: Titusville Marina north of the Max Brewer Bridge. Race Entry Fee $40 (includes dockage and meal ticket)
A Sailing Regatta Celebrating 130 Years of Sailing Races on the beautiful Indian River
When: June 2nd & 3rd from approx. 12:00 noon - mid afternoon each day
The Titusville Sailing Club in collaboration with the North Brevard Heritage Foundation, Inc. and the historic Pritchard House is sponsoring a sailing regatta on the Indian River Lagoon in Titusville June 2nd and 3rd 2012, celebrating 130 years of sailing races on the beautiful Indian River.
There will be three classes: boats with Spinnakers and those without, and Catalina 22's. The race event will be viewable from aloft the new Max Brewer - Titusville Bridge or Sand Point Park from noon Saturday and Sunday until mid afternoon. A private picnic will be held for sailing club members and race participants after the races on Saturday approx. 5:30pm in the historic Pritchard House gardens, with music provided by local Folk Singer Chris Kahl. Sailors will share their racing experiences during the "Full Sails & Tall Tales" session after dinner with winners having full bragging rights.
The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 3rd after the final race approximately 3:30 PM in the historic Pritchard House gardens. The public is invited to attend. Winners of the Spin/Non-Spin and Catalina 22's will be awarded trophies three deep in each class. Overall winners will have their names added to the Pritchard Cup, sponsored by Dixie Crossroads. This is the Inaugural Race for the Pritchard Cup that will remain on display at the Pritchard House. Future annual regatta winner names will be added to the Pritchard Cup.
5 piece Vintage Palor set For Sale
Florida Trust for Historic Preservation
NEWS RELEASE: MAY 24, 2011
The Florida Trust Announces the 2011 Annual Statewide Preservation Award Winners
Each year the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation recognizes significant contributions of individuals, societies, businesses or government entities that have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation through its Statewide Annual Preservation Awards Program. The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation proudly announces the 2011 Preservation Award Winners, who were honored during the 33rd Annual Statewide Preservation Conference in Central Florida, Friday, May 20, 2011.
Restoration/Rehabilitation - Outstanding Achievement
Coral Gables Museum
Town of Ponce Inlet for the Meyer Davis House & Hasty Cottage
Cape San Blas Lighthouse
Dodd Hall at Florida State University, Tallahassee
Historic Barkley House Education Center & Gardens, Pensacola
Historic Okeechobee County Court House
Opa-Locka Airport Hangar 102
Pritchard House, Titusville
Singing Tower at Bok Tower, Lake Wales
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THE NORTH BREVARD HERITAGE FOUNDATION IS
MOVING INTO THE HISTORIC PRITCHARD HOUSE
PROCLAMATION OF 'PRITCHARD DAY' IN CELEBRATION OF
CAPTAIN JAMES PRITCHARD'S BIRTHDAY
When: Saturday, October 23, 2010
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Where: The historic Pritchard House, 424 So. Washington Ave. (US 1), Titusville
During the process of "moving in" the NBHF decided to take time out to celebrate Captain Pritchard's Birthday and has requested that the City proclaim this day as "Pritchard Day" in his honor. The event is sponsored by the North Brevard Heritage Foundation and Confederate Sons Association, Indian River Camp #47. There will be a "War Between the States" Encampment and Living History Program on the grounds at that will include: a Confederate Soldiers' camp and marching drills; exhibits of Civil War artifacts, 1860s medical supplies, and ladies' sewing and clothing, and more. You will also learn about the historic Pritchard House restoration effort, site tour and presentation of the "Family History Gardens". The house will not be open. The public is invited to attend this free event. Baked goods and beverages will be for sale and donations accepted. Proceeds will provide much needed funds to restore and purchase exterior shutters.
The North Brevard Heritage Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 organization, has been aiding Brevard County with the rehabilitation of the historic Pritchard House and is in the process of performing some finial tasks to make ready to move into the house. A fine collection of antiques has been assembled and will be moved into the house October 8, 2010, approximately the same time the Pritchards moved into the house in 1891. It will take 2 months to "decorate" in preparation of our proposed "grand opening" around Christmas.
East Coast Advocate Newspaper 6-12-1891 - "Captain Pritchard is having his fine lot at the corner of Washington Avenue and Pine Street cleared and prepared for the reception of his new dwelling, which will be erected at once. We have had the opportunity to inspect the plans of the proposed structure, and the architect has certainly kept in mind the requirements for comfort n Florida climate, and at the same time has preserved all that symmetry, proportion and ornamentation demanded. There will be large, airy rooms, porticos, balconies, halls, closets, fireplaces, in fact, it will be a complete home, and the handsomest residence in town."
East Coast Advocate Newspaper 10-8-1891 - "Capt. Pritchard has moved into is beautiful new home on Washington Avenue, and Mrs. Pritchard is quite delighted. The Captain is now in close proximity to his business.
P.J. Hall, builder of St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, built the Pritchard home at 424 Washington Ave. using a 'northern architecture' style.
Capt. James Pritchard built the house on property purchased from Mary Titus, widow of Col. Henry Titus, the founder and namesake of Titusville."
"Everyone has been excited about opening the Pritchard House to the public, and our members have been busy with final preparations such as washing windows, putting the final finishes on doors and window, and making sure our vintage door knobs and locks are working." Members have been very excited from the very beginning of construction and look forward to "showing off" our collections and describing the beautiful appointments of the house. We have had tremendous support from the community with donations of antiques and in-kind services, and want them to know how much we appreciate their continued support to make this project become reality." Roz Foster, President North Brevard Heritage Foundation, Inc.
The house will be open Tuesdays thru Saturdays -10:00am - 3:00pm, (closed noon to 1:00pm for lunch) and available for guided tours at 10:30am and 1:30 pm by reservations and limited to 12 people. Group tours may be arranged by appointment. Rental spaces such as the parlor, dining room, porch and grounds may be reserved for meetings and special occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays, weddings by calling 321-607-0203. Catering and other services are available. The North Brevard Heritage Foundation, Inc. will hold special events as fundraisers at the house and on the grounds for the enjoyment of the community. They will include musical programs, theatrical presentations, lectures, poetry and readings, art and antiques exhibits., and garden tours of our "Family History Gardens".
January 16, 2009
"Preservation As An Art Form"
Enjoy some photos of the exhibit which featured antiques, artifacts, photographs and other materials that focus on and creatively interpret, the Foundation's preservation efforts at the historic Pritchard House and structures that will be located at Brevard Heritage Park. Objects included those found at structures such as the 1891 Clifton Schoolhouse, the Hutcheson Barn, and the Mims Train Depot were displayed. Click to view gallery.
January 26, 2009
Brevard pioneers come to life in black history presentation, "Footprints"
North Brevard Heritage Foundation and the Titusville Playhouse present an original black history anthology.
CLICK HERE for details.
November 22, 2008
Memorial to Captain James Pritchard
Captain James Pritchard — 1836 - 1926
Indian River Lagoon Day at the Chain of Lakes Park
Sept 27 2008
NBHF table with Brevard Heritage Park conceptual plan. Craig Rivers and Brenda Gray selling raffle tickets for the Clifton Schoolhouse Quilt - 6 for $5.00 to be awarded when we dedicate the schoolhouse. A record of whom quilted each block, including members of the Campbell family, will be presented to the winner of the Quilt.
PRESERVATION as an ART Form
FOLK FEST 2007
The North Brevard Heritage Foundation was a welcomed new table top at this year's Slotin Folk Fest 2007 www.slotinfolkart.com As the Slotin Folk Fest held their 14th annual tradeshow, with 90 galleries represented from all over the Untied States, Self-Taught Art, Outsider Art, Southern Folk Pottery, Antique Folk Art & more ...
The Heritage Park VISION and NBHF projects were shared as a guest (501 3-c)
table top along side, Atlantic Books and Folk Art, Rare Vision and this years silent auction feature: PARADISE REDEMPTION, Folk Fest Silent Auction to Sponsor the restoration and Preservation of Howard Finster's Paradise Garden (a new non-profit.)
The overall response and future assistance seemed well received with anticipation and great support from various venues. In the dialogue about the project VISION a tale was told of how a frontier County Commissioner championed to save the rich heritage by protecting and preserving the vital past of North Brevard, the county at large and Central East/Central Florida's diverse beginnings. Roz Foster, Outstanding Woman in Florida History, Florida Historical Society. The President's vision is coupled with newly elected V.P. NBHF, historical award winning author & of documentaries, Dr. Ben Brotemarkle, BCC and their dedicated preservation members and board. As new partners to Heritage Park, Brian Dowdall folk artist/collector and Alison Spiesman curator, artist and instructor represented NBHF introducing this Florida VISION to our Folk Family. We look to be a vital contribution to Heritage Park.
November 28, 2006
WBCC-TV to show Brevard Heritage Park Documentary; Local PBS stations will later broadcast film
This plan was not accepted by the voters.
Proposed Heritage Park
Chain of Lakes Complex - Titusville, Florida
DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSAL
This plan was not accepted by the voters.
March 2, 2006
DEDICATION OF THE GIBSON TENEMENT HOUSES
Saturday, March 11, 2:00pm
Location: At the House Site - On corner of South St. and Palm Ave., Titusville
Presented By: the North Brevard Heritage Foundation.
Program: History of the Gibson Family and the Shot Gun Houses
Public invited to attend to learn more about the Gibson Family and the Tenement Houses. The North Brevard Heritage Foundation, Inc. in cooperation with Brevard County Parks and Recreation, has accepted the donation of these three historic houses for preservation from the Gibson family, They will placed at Heritage Park within the Chain of Lakes Project which will be located in back of BCC. For detailed historic information about the Tenement Houses, visit our website at www.pritchardhouse.com and click on the photo.
Volunteers who have carpenter & painting skills are needed for restoration. Sponsors who would like to donation building materials are also needed. All donations are tax deductible.
February 15, 2006
ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG AT PRITCHARD HOUSE
TITUSVILLE - The first phase of an archaeological survey of the historic Pritchard House in downtown Titusville will be held Saturday, March 25, 2006, in conjunction with Archaeological Month.
The event that is sponsored by the North Brevard Heritage Foundation, Inc., and the Indian River Anthropological Society, in cooperation with Brevard County Parks and Recreation, will be held from 10:00 a.m. until about 3:00 p.m.
The purpose of this survey, under the direction of Thomas E. Penders, a registered, professional archaeologist, is to ascertain the presence or absence of buried cultural deposits associated with the house or earlier components. It is hoped that the archaeological testing at the site will identify physical remains of the stable, windmill, above ground water tank, outhouse or privy pits, other unknown outbuildings, and/or other buried features not otherwise recorded.
Refreshments will be sold by The Questers Lovie Pritchard Chapter #561 as a fund raiser to purchase and restore furniture for the Pritchard House. The Questers is a national organization to further knowledge and education about antiques, and, to encourage the preservation, restoration and conservation of historic buildings, sites and antiquities.
The Pritchard House was constructed in 1891 at the corner of Washington Avenue and Pine Street in Titusville by Captain James Pritchard. Built in the "Queen Anne" style of architecture, the home has long been one of Titusville's most charming landmarks. It was acquired by Brevard County in 2005 from the family and plans call for it to be operated as a house museum featuring period furnishings and exhibits related to the Pritchard family and early Titusville.
The North Brevard Heritage Foundation, Inc., is not-for-profit support organization working in cooperation with Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department, North Area Parks Operations, to achieve the restoration, preservation, and operation of the Pritchard House museum.
December 1, 2005
UNVEILING OF PRITCHARD HOUSE HISTORIC MARKER
The North Brevard Heritage Foundation, Inc., will be unveiling a State of
Florida historic marker at the Pritchard House in downtown Titusville on
Friday, December 9, at 10:00 a.m. The marker for this historic site was
sponsored by the Brevard County Historical Commission, Brevard County
Tourist Development Council, and the Florida Department of State.
The Pritchard House was constructed in 1891 at the corner of Washington
Avenue and Pine Street in Titusville by Captain James Pritchard. Built in
the "Queen Anne" style of architecture, the home has long been one of
Titusville's most charming landmarks. It was acquired by Brevard County
Board of County Commissioners earlier this year from the family and plans
call for it to be operated as a house museum featuring period furnishings
and exhibits related to the Pritchard family and early Titusville.
The North Brevard Heritage Foundation, Inc., is a new, not-for-profit
support organization working with Brevard County Parks and Recreation
Department, North Area Parks Operations, to achieve the restoration,
preservation, and operation of the Pritchard House museum.
Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department, supported by the North
Brevard Heritage Foundation, Inc., applied to the Florida Department of
State for a Historical Resources Special Category Grant for restoration of
the house. At their November 8-10 meeting, the Florida Historical
Commission ranked the Pritchard House 37 out of 100 grant applications
considered and is recommending to the Florida State Legislature to fund the
$350,000 as requested. Funding is pending approval by the State of Florida.
- Steve and Amy Slotin gave high support. TBD the NBHF was seen as a future fundraising feature (2007 silent auction was Howard Finster's Paradise Garden)
- 3 MAJOR Florida dealers were invited to join & information shared:
- Daniel Story Gallery, Cock & Bull Gallery, Cavanaugh & Blue FL
- KCPT VP of programming & creator of RARE VISION high interest in coverage PBS/sharing the VISION & outsider collection in Missouri and their programming
- Regional leaders & supporters: Rising Fawn Gallery, Ginger Young Gallery, Presideo Gallery, Ty Tyson and neighbor table top Atlantic Books and Folk Art
- Approximately 25-30 membership flyers were distributed selectively (post NBHF presentation) solicited to join at some level ...to mail in to NBHF PO box listed
- Donations jar collected twenty three dollars & change (expense for table/chairs)
- A few folks of HIGH interest ...in higher levels of involvement per project in C.E. Florida per history, heritage, folklore, folk art, i.e. Ft. Lauderdale family ties ...additionally: graduates of BCC, family here, from here &/or a supporter of folk art ...many people were drawn in by the architectural rendering and scope of VISION. This crowd GOT the Project!
- Some 30 or so artist were introduced to the project, many of our tried and true friends (familiar with the Florida folk artist texts and are in them) others artist joined in support from surrounding states of a renown level for the NBHF future fundraiser (TBD Spring 2008) ...details coming soon!
November 16, 2005
PRITCHARD HOUSE TO HOST CIVIL WAR LIVING HISTORY EVENT
TITUSVILLE - The first public event at the historic Pritchard House in downtown Titusville will be held Saturday, December 3, featuring a Civil War living history demonstration and a musical performance by Temple Baptist Church.
The event, to be held between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., is sponsored by the North Brevard Heritage Foundation, Inc., in cooperation with Brevard County Parks and Recreation.
Re-enactors in period military uniforms will portray both southern and union soldiers at a camp site set up on the Pritchard House grounds. The living history demonstration will include exhibits and drill demonstrations to show what the common soldier's life was like in both the Confederate and Federal armies.
A musical performance of historic and seasonal tunes will also be presented by the Temple Baptist Church from 1-2 p.m. In addition, members of the North Brevard Heritage Foundation, Inc., will offer short guided tours of the Pritchard House grounds to describe the home and the planned restoration project soon to begin.
"We're eager to have the public begin to enjoy this wonderful historic structure," said Foundation President Roz Foster. "Even though we won't be able to take tours inside at this time, there is much we can share about the Pritchard House and the family that called it home. We hope the community will get excited about this restoration project."
The Pritchard House was constructed in 1891 at the corner of Washington Avenue and Pine Street in Titusville by Captain James Pritchard, a Confederate veteran who had served as a Missouri infantry officer. He and other southern veterans who had moved to Brevard County after the Civil War established the Indian River Camp 47 of Confederate veterans. Built in the "Queen Anne" style of architecture, the home has long been one of Titusville's most charming landmarks. It was acquired by Brevard County earlier this year from the family and plans call for it to be operated as a house museum featuring period furnishings and exhibits related to the Pritchard family and early Titusville.
The North Brevard Heritage Foundation, Inc., is a new, not-for-profit support organization working in cooperation with Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department, North Area Parks Operations, to achieve the restoration, preservation, and operation of the Pritchard House museum.
August 1, 2005
Founding The North Brevard Heritage Foundation, Inc.
The North Brevard Heritage Foundation, Inc. is a newly formed nonprofit organization established to actively promote and facilitate the preservation of our area's historical structures and sites.
The organization's primary focus is to preserve historically significant properties that are threatened with loss, and to promote alternatives to structural demolition resulting from deterioration, disaster damage, or new site development. In addition, the Foundation seeks to promote increased public awareness and to actively participate with other public and private groups to save, restore, and preserve historically significant structures in North Brevard.
Current projects include:
Pritchard House Restoration and House Museum: the Foundation is assisting Brevard County in pursuing the restoration of the 1891 Pritchard House in Historic Downtown Titusville. The Foundation will actively participate in raising funds, planning and supporting the restoration, and operating the preserved home as a museum.
Oliver's Camp: This project is being pursued in cooperation with Brevard County and the Brevard Community College to relocate, restore, and use for public programs, several historic structures that have been donated and would have otherwise been demolished. Oliver's Camp will feature folk-life exhibits and events focusing on the area's citrus, agriculture and commercial fishing heritage.
The Foundation's first active project is "Pitch in for the Pritchard House." The Foundation welcomes volunteers with specialized skills in historic restoration and anyone who wants to help.
Interested members of the community are also invited to become a member of The North Brevard Heritage Foundation. Individual memberships start at $20.00, and other membership categories include Family, Student, Supporting Organization, Friend, Founding Member, Lifetime Member, Patron, and Benefactor.
Thank you for your help in spreading the word to those who wish to be involved in preserving our past for the future!