Volusia County's Spanish Block House

Volusia County's Spanish Block House


This house with a floor space of about 15 by 18 feet has one entrance on the east side with a very unusual double Key Stone. It is also hollow to admit the lock bar to be passed through to lock the door. The north side consists of a large chimney and watch tower. The tower and the wall are battlemented. The north wall is cemented on the outside to prevent the Indians from getting a toe-hold.
One hundred feet east of the house are large slabs of tabby which were doubtless the [foundation] of the barracks, which were made of logs. The late H. G. Wortherspoon who was an authority on things historic and archaic made a very careful study of these ruins. He has left maps and notes pertaining to the exact location of the drawbridge, moat and embankment. This old block house which now stands so remote and desolate in the midst of a tangled forest should be developed into an historic shrine.  If this comes about these notes will prove invaluable in making reconstructions.


State Library of Florida, WPA - Historical Records Survey, County Histories


Brief history of a spanish block house located at Addison Blockhouse Historic State Park in Volusia County, Florida collected by the Works Progress Administration's Historical Records Survey.

Note to Researchers: Though the WPA field workers included extensive citations for the factual information contained in these county histories, it should be noted that these historical narratives were produced in the 1930s by federal government employees, and might reflect the inherent social biases of the era.