Field Manor Historic Homestead and Grove

750 Field Manor Drive, Merritt Island, FL 32953 - United States




Field Manor, a historic homestead and grove, was established in 1868. Bringing a pioneering spirit, the Field family arrived from Macon, GA. and settled in what is now Merritt Island, Brevard County, Florida as the first non-native family to live on Merritt Island.

Taking advantage of the 1862 Homestead Act, the Field brothers homesteaded a total of three times over the years and by doing so, created the community of Indianola. JR Field grew pumpkin, tobacco, pineapple, sweet potatoes, and sugar cane. As tastes demanded, he began to grow citrus in the late 19th century. Sam Field, his brother, donated some of his lands to house the first school, the first post office, the first church, the first store, and the first community center.

The following decades were prosperous for the Field brothers and their families. The community of Indianola continued to blossom as Florida grew. Three generations of Fields farmed, held community events, owned and ran shops, fought in WW II, donated land for a medical center, loaned money to the Florida Historical Society to purchase their current location, and helped usher Brevard County into the 21st century.


We are hosting a local vendor marketplace on our riverfront and under our pavilion on Sept. 18 and will have scheduled tours at 10.30A, 11.45A, 12.30P and 1:15P. Please check in at our Field Manor table.
The house and its contents are on display, featuring items brought to Florida with them in 1868. The house was lived in from 1880-2013 so the tour showcases ceramics, including Native American, original photos, WW II letters, and furniture.

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