MERRITT ISLAND - The Florida Division of Historical Resources, Bureau of Historic Preservation has recognized the John R. Field Homestead with a historic marker as a Florida Heritage Site.

The Brevard County Historical Commission, The Brevard County Tourist Development Council and the Florida Department of State sponsored this project and dedication. This marker recognizes the John R. Field Homestead, also known as Field Manor, as an important part of Brevard County’s history.

A dedication ceremony to commemorate the event will be held on Tuesday, June 25 at 5:30 p.m. at Field Manor, located at 750 Field Manor Drive in Merritt Island. We would love to invite the public to celebrate this with us and witness the unveiling of this historic marker.

The Florida Historical Marker Program is one of the Division of Historical Resources' most popular and visible public history programs. It is designed to raise public awareness of Florida’s rich cultural history and to enhance the enjoyment of our historic sites by citizens and tourists. These markers allow them to tell the stories of the places and people who created the Florida that people enjoy today.

Field Manor is truly honored to have this recognition from the State of Florida. The marker explains the history of the Field Family and their relocation to the Merritt Island area, formerly known as Indianola. The Field Family established themselves on Merritt Island in 1868, building a home and acquiring land through the homesteading act. The home still exists today and has been through numerous restorations to keep the legacy of Field Manor alive. The Field Manor Foundation actively participates in the community to bring education and awareness to the area about life on Indianola, homesteading on the island in the late 1800s, and farm production at the time.

For more information, call 321-848-0365 or visit www.fieldmanor.org.

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