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Docents dressed in period costume to lead house tours, provide service for teas, and to participate in special events and exhibits - training provided. Manpower to help in moving furniture, setting up special events & exhibits, working in gift shop, gardens, etc. Information: 321-607-0203
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RENTAL FOR MEETINGS/PRIVATE PARTIES & EVENTS
The Pritchard House is available to rent for meetings, parties, teas, dinner parties, weddings and special events, and may be set up in the dining room, parlor, on the porch or in our beautiful garden areas. For rental information please call 321-607-0203 or email email@example.com
Our extensive collections include antique furniture and accessories, housewares, china & glassware, tin ware, paintings, lighting fixtures, house wares and dishes, and children's and women's clothing and hats dating back to 1880's. During the month of March we celebrate "Florida Women's History Month" with a display of women's vintage clothing, hats and accessories throughout the house. We also have a collection of over 300 pieces of linens including crochet, embroidery, appliqué, needlepoint, quilting, hairpin lace and tatting. A "bed turning" takes place in June, when we change the bed linens, dollies and dresser sets to lighter "summer" and again in September, when we change them to heavier "winter."
Heritage Foundation, Inc.
A non-profit (501 c3) organization
P.O. Box 653
Titusville, FL 32781
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The Pritchard House has been granted all 4 major historic designations: National Register, Florida State Historical Marker, Brevard County Heritage Council Plaque, and City of Titusville Historic House Designation.
THE HISTORIC PRITCHARD HOUSE
The Pritchard House is an outstanding example of the Queen Anne architecture, a distinctly American form that was popular from approximately 1876-1910. The house appears today much as it did when it was built in 1891. The house features a conical corner tower, one of the key distinguishing aspects of this style. Other characteristics are the wrap-around porch, accented by its steep gables, veranda and second floor balcony, and fish scale wood shingles and the jig saw decorative scrollwork. The house is furnished with antique furniture and accessories. Collections of linens, glassware, housewares, paintings, vintage women's and children's clothing and accessories, vintage toys and many artifacts collected on the property are displayed.
Tours conducted by costumed docents may be scheduled daily during the hours of 9:00am - 6:00pm, and are approximately 90 minutes long for a $10 donation per person. Notice of special events and exhibits are published and priced accordingly and open to the public. Family History Gardens are open daily for public viewing from 9:00am - dusk. House and gardens are available to rent for weddings, showers, private parties, luncheons, teas and meetings. Reservations are required for tours, teas and exhibits. Additional information or reservations please call our dedicated phone line at 321-607-0203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE PRITCHARD HOUSE
BEFORE AND AFTER RESTORATION
James Pritchard was born in New York City on October 21, 1836. The family moved to Missouri around the time the Civil War began. James enlisted in the Confederate Army and served as Captain of Company E, First Regiment, Missouri Infantry. His father John. N. Pritchard served as Colonel in the Union Army. While visiting Galveston, Texas after the war he met Mary Haley Boye', daughter of Christian and Frances Delespine Boyé of Key West, Florida. After a three-week courtship, they were married January 17, 1867 and settled first in Texas and later in Missouri.
|Captain James Pritchard
Mary Haley Boyé Pritchard
The Pritchards and their three children came to Florida in 1876 and settled on acreage which was a portion of a large tract of land known as the Delespine Grant that had been passed down from Mary's grandfather, Joseph Delespine. Their settlement, located just north of today's Highway 50, became known as "Pritchard's Landing" where they grew sugarcane and citrus. When a hard freeze destroyed most of the crops in 1886, the Captain turned to selling real estate and moved his family to Titusville where they lived in a cottage on Palm Ave.
In 1888, Captain Pritchard organized the first bank in Titusville. The bank was incorporated in 1889 as the Indian River State Bank and located on the northeast corner of So. Washington Ave. and Julia St. He sold the Bank in 1925 after serving as president for 37 years. In 1928 it fell victim to the Great Depression and closed.
Captain Pritchard built the first electric generating plant in Titusville in 1890. It was located in a wooden building on the south side of Nevins Court, just across the alley from the rear of his hardware store. He sold the plant to Southern Utilities in 1914 for $35,000. Southern Utilities sold it several years later and eventually it became Florida Power and Light Company. The building gradually deteriorated and eventually was torn down.
THE FAMILY HOME
In June 1891, on a lot purchased from Mary Titus, contractor Pleasant J. Hall began building the Queen Anne style house of heart pine. The Pritchards moved into their new home in October 1891. Original occupants of the house were Captain Pritchard and wife Mary, son "Boud" age 19, youngest daughter Kate age 16, Mary's mother Frances Delespine Boye', and the family maid Julia Stewart. Daughter Frances Amelia had married Frank T. Budge in 1889 and they were living in their own house. Frank Budge had owned a hardware store on Washington Ave. and sold the business to Captain Pritchard and son Boud in 1898, after moving his family to Miami. It became James Pritchard and Son Hardware and family members owned and operated the hardware store until it closed in 1981.
In 1913, Boud Pritchard married Lola Pauline Smith (Miss Lovie) and continued to live in the house with their two children. Their daughter Mary Pauline married Frank Schuster in 1935, and raised their children, James, Johanna and Polly in this house. Captain Pritchard passed away in 1926 and is buried in the family plot at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens in Titusville. Pritchard family members continuously lived in the house, with Mary Pritchard Schuster living there until it was purchased for historic preservation by Brevard County in May 2005. Brevard County transferred ownership of the house to the City of Titusville in March 2016.
FAMILY HISTORY GARDENS
These beautiful gardens were sponsored by descendants of early families who settled in Titusville and North Brevard County. Plaques throughout the gardens record family histories and stories of the development of the area from commercial fishing to agriculture and lots in-between. The gardens contain citrus trees & herbs that are used in food preparation for our teas, native plants, and a variety of flowering trees and plants. Antique roses have been planted in and around the old cistern. A jasmine covered pergola provides a lovely shaded area and a place where teas are frequently held. Vintage park benches are located in several garden areas, and the focal point of the azalea garden is a beautiful 3-tiered fountain surrounded by benches.
|Several People have asked what is the name of the beautiful roses on our fence. The name is Peggy Martin Rose, a lone survivor of hurricane Katrina.
SANBORN INSURANCE MAPS PROVIDE PROOF OF OTHER STRUCTURES ON PROPERTY
Sanborn Insurance Maps were used to provide information about other structures that were once located on the property. At one time there was a windmill, elevated water tank, a round cistern and later an oval cistern, and a stable/shed all located on the northwest side of the property. An outhouse was added about 1908. Pritchard family members indicated that the oval cistern had a concrete dome over the top. The dome was destroyed in the 1950s by Capt. Pritchard's son "Boud" who knocked it down with a sledge hammer. The broken concrete fell to the bottom and the cistern was filled in with dirt where "Boud" later planted a rose garden. Remains of the oval shaped cistern are located near the northwest corner of the house.
View 4 excerpts from Sanborn Insurance Maps.