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Trysting Steps And Bluff Walk

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Location: Intersection of Front Street & New Haven Avenue, Melbourne
County: Brevard
Coordinates: N 28° 4.791    W 080° 36.084
  28.07985    -80.6014
Waymark: None


Originally wooden steps mounted the bluff, providing a means for pedestrians to go from the Front Street business section to the hotels and residences along the high bluff.

At the top of the steps, along Bluff Walk, were the Carleton Hotel, built by Emma Strawbridge, and the Idlewylde Hotel. The Carleton was destroyed by fire in 1904 and rebuilt almost immediately. (The Idlewylde was also destroyed.) The second Carleton Hotel burned in 1925.

The steps were a popular place for the young people of Melbourne to meet during their courtships and Bluff Walk was the local "Lover´s Lane" on cool evenings, if the mosquitoes weren´t too bad.

Sponsored by: the Ixora Circle of Melbourne Garden Club