The city that is now Ormond Beach was founded in 1880 and named for James Ormond III, descendant of a British colonist from the 1770's. The town, located between the Halifax River and the Atlantic Ocean, was made up of a small colony of New Englanders intent on making their living from citrus cultivation.
Development soon accelerated when John Anderson, Joseph Price, Stephen Van Cullen Whit and other pioneers saw that the small community was linked by rail with the eastern United States. Their entrepreneurial spirit led to the construction of a bridge over the Halifax River linking the mainland and the peninsula and providing access to the beach. The Halifax River is now part of the Florida Intracoastal Waterway. Ormond also has a municipal airport for general aviation.
Soon, with the development of the Ormond Hotel, the social and economic character of the community began to form. During the late nineteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Ormond Beach became one of Florida's most recognized resort communities. It enjoyed more renown as the summer home of John D. Rockefeller. His residence, The Casements, is now a cultural center and park, with a restored two-acre garden along the Halifax riverfront. It is one of several homes in Ormond Beach on the National Register of Historic Places. Another is the Anderson-Price Memorial Library Building, the site of many events throughout the year.
The Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens, founded as a memorial tribute to veterans of World War I and II, is another prominent landmark, featuring art shows throughout the year. Nestled in the gardens there is the historic Emmons Cottage (1885), which offers children’s art and environmental programs.
Ormond Beach, in addition to golf courses and superb beaches, has several parks, including Tomoka State Park, Bulow Creek State Park, and North Peninsula State Park.
The community was the location of some of the first automobile races in the world. Consequently, Ormond Beach became and is still known today as The Birthplace of Speed.
Today, Ormond Beach has grown into Volusia County's fourth most populated city with an abundance of amenities. An active residential and commercial community, it is recognized regionally for its exceptional quality of life and its rich tradition and recreational activities.
Single-family homes, office buildings, and condos in Ormond Beach