1987 Webb and Wallis Go to th Ghost town of Eldora FL
These pictures are from, I think, a sailboat trip me and the kids took from Turtle Mound, near New Smyrna Beach south along the river. Photos show the dilapidated and deteriorating Eldora Hotel, which eve3ntually has disappeared altogether. As I recall as we were sailing along the Indian River on my 16ft sailboat we saw a mother sea cow and her calf that swan up near the sailboat to see what was going on.
Eldora was a community of orange groves in the latter part of the 19th century. After a freeze destroyed most of its crops, it was nearly completely abandoned and has never regained its population.
After the death of its last resident, Doris "Doc" Leeper in 2000, a locally famous artist and conservationist in the 1980s, the management of the town was officially turned over to the federal government, and the town is now located more than two miles within the borders of the Canaveral National Seashore. The town claims no permanent residents, and visitation is limited and subject to park hours. Only two of its original buildings remain. The largest, "The Eldora House", now holds a museum. Although the town's orange groves were nearly completely wiped out over one hundred years ago, some trees still remain.
I originally learned about this place from Bob Crowell and a day trip he and I took on our photo tour of Florida's Ghost Towns.