The Ryckman House

The Ryckman House (HM1R5C)

Location: Melbourne Beach, FL 32951 Brevard County
Country: United States of America

N 28° 4.097', W 80° 33.892'

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One of the first homes in Melbourne Beach, the Ryckman House was built in 1890 for Jacob Fox by Captain Rufus W. Beaujean. Both men were original investors in the Melbourne Beach Company, later named the Melbourne Beach Improvement Company. The Ryckman House was built of native pine and cypress that was brought to Melbourne Beach on the vessel Frost Line. The two-story house originally had no electricity, and water came from the Improvement Company's free-flowing artesian well. Jacob Fox and his family spent several seasons living here, enjoying the Atlantic, hunting, fishing, and socializing with the town's few residents. Garrett E. Ryckman, a vintner from Brockton, N.Y., and a major shareholder in the original Melbourne Beach Company, acquired the house in 1908. The Ryckmans and their son Lawrence came to Melbourne Beach in 1908, followed by their daughter Ruth in 1910, after her graduation from Vassar College. Ruth Ryckman was an active member of the Melbourne Beach community, volunteering her services as a private nurse to the town for many years. She bequeathed the Ryckman House to the Town of Melbourne Beach upon her death in 1979 at the age of 89.
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HM NumberHM1R5C
Marker NumberF-750
Year Placed2012
Placed ByCommodore John Barry Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, March 21st, 2016 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 542756 N 3104842
Decimal Degrees28.06828333, -80.56486667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 4.097', W 80° 33.892'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 4' 5.82" N, 80° 33' 53.52" W
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Area Code(s)321
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 509-599 Ocean Ave, Melbourne Beach FL 32951, US
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