Billy Wallace House

Billy Wallace House (HM1DY4)

Location: Melbourne, FL 32901 Brevard County
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N 28° 4.188', W 80° 35.886'

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This house was built circa 1898-1900 by William O. Wallace from Indiana, who lived here with his wife, May Bell and their four children. An expert fisherman and musician, Wallace kept backyard pens filled with live alligators, turtles and fish for nature study. He loved the river and taught children the ways of manatees and porpoises. He shared the fish he caught with other settlers and with the pelicans. Sandhill cranes ate with his chickens, and a tame fawn roamed the yard.

Wallace organized and directed Melbourne's first orchestra composed of his children and their cousins, the older children of Charles and Addie Wallace Shull who lived nearby. "Uncle Billy's Band" played at parties at the old Carlton Hotel and at early 4th of July celebrations in Melbourne. Wallace later became the first city band director in West Palm Beach.
HM NumberHM1DY4
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Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 12:16pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 539490 N 3104999
Decimal Degrees28.06980000, -80.59810000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 4.188', W 80° 35.886'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 4' 11.28" N, 80° 35' 53.16" W
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Area Code(s)321
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2646-2698 Riverview Dr, Melbourne FL 32901, US
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