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Historic Cocoa Village Association
The Historic Cocoa Village Association Florida is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of local businesses. It has a 501(c)(6) status and works closely with the City of Cocoa. Both organizations share the common goal of creating high-quality places and building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. It is located at 600 Florida Ave #104, Cocoa, FL 32922.
Cocoa is located in the central region of Florida and is easily accessible from Orlando and the surrounding areas. It has excellent transportation links, with Interstate 95 running north-south and State Road 528 running east-west. It is also just 30 minutes from the Orlando International Airport and is easily accessible from Port Canaveral.
Cocoa Village offers a diverse variety of events. Visitors can catch a live performance or art exhibition at the Cocoa Village Playhouse. This historical venue was built in 1924 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has since evolved into a world-class live performance venue. Locals call it the “Broadway of Brevard.” Performances are packed to capacity, often selling out prior to opening night.
Downtown Cocoa Village has a rich 150-year history and is home to a number of historic buildings and sites. Visitors can take a walk along a pedestrian path to see some of the city’s historic sites. Notable historical buildings include St. Mark’s Church, the Hindle Building, Derby Street Chapel, and the S.F. Travis Company. The Blair building and the Masonic Temple Building are other landmarks in the town.
Cocoa Village offers a wide variety of shopping options. The town’s eclectic shops include the Parrot’s Cove Mall, a collective of eclectic vendors that offer a variety of items. A unique retailer is Caroline’s House of Records. A visit here will take you back in time as you enjoy the ambiance and music. In addition, you can buy liner notes and artwork for your favorite albums.
The town’s name has an ambiguous origin. Various reader-supplied accounts suggest that Captain R.C. May recommended the name in 1884, and it was approved by Washington, D.C. The Cocoa Tribune also reported that a woman named Cocoa welcomed sailors in 1884 by serving them hot cocoa. Another source claims that the town’s name was inspired by a box of baker’s cocoa.
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A great place to also visit is The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse (CVP). Learn more here!