Part A---General Information
Edgewater is on the East Coast of Florida, 109 miles south of Jacksonville,
17 miles south of Daytona Beach, two miles south of New Smyrna, and 241 miles
north of Miami. It is on the Indian River and near the Atlantic Ocean. It
is approximately seven and one-half feet above sea level.
U. S. Highway 1 and Florida Highway 40 pass through Edgewater. The Florida
East Coast Railroad has a station at New Smyrna. Bus and air service is not
Volusia County had a population of 58,492 in 1945. The population of Edge-
water is approximately 600.
(From observations at DeLand, Florida.)
Shortly after the Civil War, Dr. Hawks, of Lynn, Massachusetts, came to
Florida and, after traveling the entire east coast by boat and on foot, .
decided to settle in this locality. He bought a home and a large acreage
of land and named the place Hawks Park. In 1925 the name was changed by a
vote of the people to Edgewatcr. Dr. Hawks' wife, who was also a doctor
and had served through the entire Civil War, later returned to Lynn to
practice. It was she who proposed and was instrumental in establishing
our National Memorial Day.
6. Major Sources of Income:
Citrus industry, tourist trade, crab and shrimp industries, commercial fish-
ing and orange blossom honey are the main sources of income.
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events:
Annual Fourth of July fish fry, held on grounds adjoining Town Hall.
2. Athletic Events:
3. Tourist Clubs:
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4. Recreational Clubs:
Hawks Park Club is the social club for the people of Edgewater. Dues are $1
per year. Activities consist of a covered dish supper each Friday night
followed by cards or other entertainment in the club house, also special
holiday dinners, cafeteria suppers, card parties, and bazaars. Two shuffle-
board courts furnish recreation on the grounds.
Edgewater Improvement Junior League, the teen-age branch of the adult club,
has meetings every other Thursday to plan socials and projects to help
finance improvements, Dances are.held every Friday night at Town Hall.
The Kiddettes is a club for children from five to 15 years, whose 54 members
give entertainments and sales to raise money for a Youth Center. It is a
very active organization.
5. Civic Organizations:
Edgewater Business Association
Edgewater Improvement Association
6. Fraternal Organizations:
7. Organized Entertainment:
Card parties at Hawks Park Club, dances at Town Hall.
8. Recreational Facilities:
Shuffleboard courts at clubhouse; boating, fishing and crabbing from docks on
Indian River, ocean bathing and surf fishing two miles east in Atlantic Ocean.
Hunting is limited in this area.
Salt water bass, trout, sheepshead, jack, snapper, flounder and mullet are
caught in the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean. Boats can be rented from
Dick Reeves, C. M. and L. L. Vandegrifft, George Webster, Ernest Strickland,
Junior Mason and Clyde Stratton for $1 a day. Press Cole operates a charter
boat. His rate is $25 a day.
There is a Union Church in Edgewater.
Edgewater Hotel and Cottages, 15 rooms, rates i.3 up, European plan.
2. Tourist Courts:
Name Units Rate
Mara Cottages 8 $3 up
Beauty Rest Cabins 8 $3 up
Azalea Villas 6 $3 up
Palmway Motor Court 10 $3 up
Big Pines Cabins 5 $3 up
Para Palms 20 $3 up
Yelkca Terrace 6 $3 up
Whiteway Cottages 3 $5 up
3. Guest Homes:
Smith's Guest House, U. S. Highway 1, four rooms, $3 up.
4. Trailer Courts:
Edgewater Trailer Court, 20 spaces, hot and cold water, laundry facilities,
grocery, Dixie Inn, restaurant.
Big Pines, rates $5 per couple per week, $1 per night, restrooms.
5. Specialized Eating Places:
The Big Pines
Open pit, Southern-style barbecue
Sandwiches, home-made pies, frozen custards
Fried shrimp, chicken and french fries
Lunches, short orders, fish and steak
Further information on Edgewater can be obtained from:
EDGEWATER BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
c/o F. F. Barker