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    DUMMIT GROVE HOUSE

    It was an historic, octagonal structure built around an old shipís mast. It was built for Douglas Dummitt, a commander of the Mosquito Raiders in the Seminole Wars. It was located on the eastern bank of the Indian River. The house took a trip on this same river after it was acquired by the Brevard County Commission for $1,200.
    The Dummitt House was on land which NASA owned since they took all lands north of it to the edge of Oak Hill for a government boundary and to the north for Cape Kennedy Space Center when history was made sending the shuttle off many times before the writing of this book.
    The new site for the house was donated by the City of Titusville, Florida. It made itís trip down the Indian River and was placed on the county-owned land in the Parrish Park area, with an idea of fixing it up as a museum for people to view. The building was protected by a high cyclone fence, with barbed wire on the top.
    The house was taken there in 1964 and teenagers were suspected of setting it on fire in an early morning fire December 17, 1967. It burned down leaving only a few timbers and toilet fixtures. Every one was left with only dreams and visions of ever seeing the old house being preserved in a museum. It left only memories of things that came from the house and the groves on the property.
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    DUMMIT GROVE HOUSE

    It was an historic, octagonal structure built around an old shipís mast. It was built for Douglas Dummitt, a commander of the Mosquito Raiders in the Seminole Wars. It was located on the eastern bank of the Indian River. The house took a trip on this same river after it was acquired by the Brevard County Commission for $1,200.
    The Dummitt House was on land which NASA owned since they took all lands north of it to the edge of Oak Hill for a government boundary and to the north for Cape Kennedy Space Center when history was made sending the shuttle off many times before the writing of this book.
    The new site for the house was donated by the City of Titusville, Florida. It made itís trip down the Indian River and was placed on the county-owned land in the Parrish Park area, with an idea of fixing it up as a museum for people to view. The building was protected by a high cyclone fence, with barbed wire on the top.
    The house was taken there in 1964 and teenagers were suspected of setting it on fire in an early morning fire December 17, 1967. It burned down leaving only a few timbers and toilet fixtures. Every one was left with only dreams and visions of ever seeing the old house being preserved in a museum. It left only memories of things that came from the house and the groves on the property.

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    What a grand old house, Mike. And I believe it's truly outrageous that capitol punishment cannot be visited upon the scourge that caused the loss of this structure. There MUST be a way to teach vandals to respect at least private property, if not historical treasures, such as this. But teens know they will NOT face severe penalties.

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    Legend has it that Captain Dummit could not stand his wife so much that the house was built as two mirror image wings. She lived on one side, and he lived on the other.

    Interesting.

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    ive been trying to find the original dummit house location. ive read there is a chimney and old well still at the site. does anyone know how to get there? or any other historical sites or ruins on the refuge. ive been fascinated with this area since i found out my family lived out there before nasa came along. any info about the history of this area will be apprecciated.

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