Think Ormond

Ormond Beach History

Ormond Beach Granada Road

The city of Ormond Beach is named for James Ormond, an Anglo-Irish-Scottish sea captain commissioned by King Ferdinand VII of Spain to bring Franciscan settlers to this part of Florida.

In 1821, Florida was acquired from Spain by the United States, but hostilities during the Second Seminole War delayed settlement until after 1842. In 1875, the city was founded as New Britain by inhabitants from New Britain, Connecticut, but would be incorporated in 1880 as Ormond.

With its hard, white beach, Ormond became popular for the wealthy seeking relief from northern winters during the Floridian boom in tourism after the Civil War. The St. Johns & Halifax Railroad arrived in 1886, and the first bridge across the Halifax River was built in 1887. John Anderson & James Downing Price opened the Ormond Hotel in 1888. Henry Flagler bought the hotel in 1890 & expanded it to accommodate 600 guests.

Beginning in 1902, some of the first automobile races were held on the compacted sand from Ormond south to Daytona Beach. Pioneers in the industry, including Ransom Olds and Alexander Winton, tested their inventions. The American Automobile Association brought timing equipment in 1903, and the area acquired the nickname "The Birthplace of Speed."

Ormond Beach - The Birthplace of Speed

John D. Rockefeller - one of the top 10 richest people of all time with a net worth of 340 Million purchased the Casements in 1918 and lived in the house during the winters. By the time Rockefeller died in 1937, his assets equaled 1.5% of America's total economic output. Today Rockefeller's net worth would be $340 billion dollars. That's billion with a B.

Ormond Beach Casements

Today The Casements venue is available for weddings, receptions, & business meetings.

For more information please visit the Casement's website or call 386.676.3216

Ormond Beach Information

  • Economy: Unemployment in Ormond is 4.90 percent (U.S. avg. 6.30%)
  • Population: Ormond Beach's population is 39,075 people (2015)
  • Real Estate: The median home cost in Ormond Beach is $168,300
  • Home Value: Home appreciation the last year has been 11.60 percent (2014)
  • Income: Estimated median household income in 2013: $48,210

Ormond Beach Venues

#1 The Casements

  • Available for indoor & outdoor weddings, receptions
  • Former home of John D. Rockefeller
  • Beautiful wood floors for dance area
Visit Website

#2 Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens

  • Ideal backdrop for your wedding
  • Make your vows on the brick patio made from bricks from the Ormond Hotel
  • Additional area to make vows: a special nook nestled in the romantic gardens
Visit Website

#3 Oceanside Country Club

  • Offers all inclusive packages to make planning your wedding as easy as possible
  • Happy to customize a package to fit your needs
  • Internal & experienced catering team will guide you through the planning process
Visit Website

Ormond Beach Real Estate


  • Founded in 1963
  • Home Buying Area Information
  • “Your 1st Call In Real Estate” ™
  • One-stop Ormond Beach real estate search destination
  • Specialty – REO/ bank owned, first-time home buyers, luxury homes, direct Halifax riverfront homes, direct oceanfront homes
  • #1 leading real estate company in sales in Volusia and Flagler counties
Ormond Beach Real Estate

Website Designed in Daytona Beach by Bold Task