Melbourne Village, Florida

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Melbourne Village is a town in Brevard County, Florida, United States. The population was 706 at the 2000 census. As of 2005, the population estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau is 702 [1]. It is part of the Palm BayMelbourneTitusville Metropolitan Statistical Area, and is the smallest incorporated municipality (by population) in Brevard County.[3]



The area that is now the town was previously used for raising cattle. Aerial photographs from circa 1943 of the area [4][5]show some native oak hammocks, pine lowlands, and cleared areas for cattle grazing.

Three women – Virginia Wood, Elizabeth Nutting, and Margaret Hutchinson, came from Dayton, Ohio following the end of World War II to the area of Melbourne, Florida. Their goal was to build a community from scratch for people wanting to establish a lifestyle that was simple and close to nature[6]. This social experiment[7] was an “intentional community”, a response to the hardships of the Great Depression. The founders were influenced by the concepts and teachings of Ralph Borsodi, who also lived for a time in Melbourne Village.[8] Many early residents[9] cleared their land, built their own houses, and ran small home businesses, from organic gardening to raising chinchillas, to help support themselves and their families[10]. There was a community store[11] run on the honor system.[12] Early families overcame the lack of construction materials for civilian use immediately following World War II by purchasing and relocating surplus military barracks from nearby bases. Two of these barracks still remain, one being the Original Melbourne Village Hall and the other a private residence.

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