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Historic Cocoa Village Tour

history walk

Historic Cocoa Village Tour

1 review
Paused until 30 April. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
1.5 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English
history walk

Historic Cocoa Village Tour

history walk

Historic Cocoa Village Tour

1 review
Paused until 30 April. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
1.5 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

My tour is a walk through the sites of Cocoa’s history from its founding on the Florida frontier in the 1880s until the beginning of the Space Age in 1950. The route of the tour, six-tenths of a mile, follows the growth of the town. The tour begins at the site of Cocoa’s first four buildings. The tour uses the buildings and town layout as a stage for the narration. A guide book of historical photographs adds to the visual experience to give tour guests a view of the village during its first 65 years. Historically, Cocoa was an important gateway to South Florida’s southern frontier; a working-class community whose residents built a nationally prominent winter resort district a mile south in Rockledge; a location for commercial, professional and banking services; and a 1920s land boom community with the region’s first bridges to the barrier islands. During the Great Depression, citrus marketing and shipping made Cocoa Brevard County’s most populous city and the second most active citrus shipping point in Florida. In the 1970s, the city established the Historic Cocoa Village redevelopment district to help preserve its architectural heritage. Now a significant part of the historic village is an appealing and active commercial and recreational area for the whole community. It has a unique architectural setting and an authentic vintage ambiance.

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Your host

Learn more about Roy

Roy

I have authored two books on Cocoa's history and architectural heritage, and two other books on the same about Rockledge, Florida. These two cities had a common origin in the 1870s. My books have a wide following locally that has resulted in many public speaking opportunities. Along with those talks, people encouraged me to offer regularly scheduled tours. Airbnb's "Experience" listings make a tour seem feasible. I am available for speaking to groups but if you'd like an authoritative "eyes-on the-scene" experience in Cocoa Village, this tour is for you.

What's included

Equipment
Illustrated pamphlet, 24 pages with about 100 photos to accompany my narrative given to each party Cruise-line tourists are…

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Where you'll be

The tour begins near the spot where Cocoa began in 1883 when Ben Willard built his store. By 1895, Cocoa had a bank, several stores, a hotel, and an active business district. Several buildings of that era will be highlighted on the tour. Buildings from the 1920s Land Boom dominate Cocoa Village's architectural heritage. All will be shown and explained in the context of the Village's and area's history and development.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. Wear walking shoes. Dress for the weather, and expected temperatures. Short rain showers may modify schedules a bit. If you feel you will need water,…

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

What to bring

If guests want water or drinks during the hour tour, they should bring bottles of water. They can be purchased at the several restaurants along the route. They should wear comfortable walking shoes. Dress should be appropriate for the forecast weather. Th

More tips

The tour is 6/10 of a mile on sidewalks, with shade from buildings and trees. Two public toilets are available at two different points of the route. Please listen to the weather report and be prepared for the expected conditions.
Roy
Historic Cocoa Village Tour
1 review
€24/person
1 review
€24/person