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Eau Gallie, Florida
Neighborhood of Melbourne
Country  United States of America
State  Florida
County Flag of Brevard County, Florida.png Brevard
City MelbourneLogo.png Melbourne
Settled 1859
First settler John Caroll Houston, IV
Incorporated 1860
Consolidated with Melbourne 1969
Founded by William Henry Gleason
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5:00)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4:00)

Eau Gallie (IPA: /oʊ ˈgæːli/) is a section of the city of Melbourne, Florida, located on the city's northern side. It was formerly an independent city in Brevard County from 1860 until 1969, when the citizens of Eau Gallie and Melbourne voted to merge. The name and identity of Eau Gallie persists in a number of local entities.


A post office called Eau Gallie was established in 1871, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1970. The Kentucky Military Institute wintered in Eau Gallie from 1907 to 1921.

Eau Gallie is commonly said to mean "rocky water", since coquina rocks were found in the area. While eau means "water" in French, gallie is not a French word and may be derived from galet ("pebble" in French). Some attribute it a Chippewa word; however, Chippewa speakers lived much farther north of Florida.

Historic section

Eau Gallie contains a historic area with several notable museums and houses. These include: the Advent Christian Church, Foosaner Art Museum, the Ginter Building, the Historic Rossetter House Museum, the James Wadsworth Rossetter House on the National Register of Historic Places, the Karrick Building, the Roesch House, and the Winchester Symphony House.

An area of 14.31 acres (5.79 ha), containing 31 houses, is petitioning for official recognition as a Historic District. The first permanent settler, John Carroll Houston, arrived in 1859.

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