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  The Casements, named for its style of windows, is a three-story home built in 1912. It sits on the southeast side of the Granada Bridge in Ormond Beach. It was purchased in 1918 by billionaire, John D. Rockefeller and was where he wintered for 19 years. He entertained people including the
Prince of Wales,
Henry Ford and Will
Rogers. An annual
Christmas tradition
was to invite his
Ormond Beach
neighbors to his
home for the Annual
Rockefeller Christmas
Party, a tradition that
remains to this day. An annual Christmas Gala is held each November/December. Local residents and tourists alike often use this week- end to get in the holiday spirit. The Casements’ staff and The Casements Guild decorate the house with trees and other festive adornments. During the Gala, Santa, Mrs. Claus and John D. himself are on hand to greet guests and extend warm holiday wishes.
The Casements is now owned by the City of Ormond Beach and is used as a cultural and community center. The City of Ormond Beach conducts many educational classes on a wide variety of subjects and activities here. Various local groups use the facility throughout the year for meetings and events. The Casements is supported by a non-profit group known as The Casements Guild,
comprised of over 60 extremely dedicat- ed members who give tours and pro- vide a wide array of daily assistance to the facility.
The three floors of The Casements are open to the public. There are two permanent exhibits that occupy the top floor of the house. An extensive Boy Scout display depicts the history of the Boy Scouts from 1907 to 1981. The dis- play includes a handwritten letter by Sir Robert Baden-Powell to a scout, who is now retired in Ormond Beach, and an Eagle Scout badge awarded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to a scout, now living in Ormond Beach, at
the first National
Jamboree. The second exhibit is the Hungarian Folk Art display. Donated by Ormond residents, Margaret and Michael Horvath, the room is filled with authentic costumes and artifacts from their travels to Hungary.
 The Casements remains a cultural and recreational hub for the City’s beachside residents. Whether it’s an annual holiday celebra- tion, an art show, concerts in the park or a free Friday evening movie, The Casements brings all of Ormond Beach
together.
  The Casements as it appears today.
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