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llen Chapel on Sunny Point

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Location: South end of Sunny Point Drive, Eau Gallie area
County: Brevard
Waymark: None


This home was started in Dec., 1915, for the S.T. Ballard Family, owners of the Ballard Flour Co.

Ginter Brothers had the construction contract and it was said the house cost $40,000 to build.

The Ballards were from Louisville, Ky., and they brought their yacht, "Sunshine," from that city by railroad freight car.

Going further back in history, in the 1860´s, this area of Sunny Point was owned by John C. Houston, Eau Gallie´s first settler. This site was the "Salt Mine" where river water was boiled in a high iron pot until it condensed, then the salt was spread out on cypress log slabs for drying. From here, westerly, surrounding the creek, rice was planted. And it was in this area the Houstons had their sugar cane mill, propelled by a horse, or sometimes oxen.

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