Grace & Albert Taylor

Grace Taylor's Drawing Room

Grace and Albert Taylor were one of Cocoa Village’s first families in 1880s. It is through the Taylor Trust and their donations that the Brevard Museum was established to preserve the legacy of Brevard County History for future generations.

Albert Armer Taylor was born in Lysander, NY in 1964. His family settled in Cocoa in 1886. In 1889, Albert Taylor established the second bank in the county, The Brevard County State Bank. At the time of its opening, there were no other banks on the Florida East Coast between Cocoa and Key West. When the Florida East Coast Railway was extended to Cocoa in 1893, Albert bought the first ticket. In 1898, he was elected the 2nd Mayor of Cocoa.

Grace Webster Crockett Taylor was born in Maine in 1871. She met Albert while visiting Cocoa in the winter of 1894, and the two married in 1895. Grace was a seamstress, she played piano, sketched, and wrote poetry and prose. She taught herself Braille so that she could transcribe books and magazines. The Red Cross adopted her work for its programs for the blind and she was the first Braille transcriber in Brevard County.

Inside the exhibit:

  • Learn to read with your fingers with Braille alphabet flashcards.
  • See household items owned by Grace and Albert Taylor.