Hester Wagner Community House

The Address to the HWCH is:
6200 Hall Road
Melbourne Village, FL 32904
(This address does not accept mail)
Office Phone: 321-723-8300

The Hester Wagner Community House is named after one of our very own residents and is considered a Historic Site. It is a restored army barracks. It is nestled in the Town of Melbourne Village and is located near Erna Nixon Hammock.

The HWCH is open to the public and there is a refundable deposit required on all rentals. $50 for dance groups meetings, etc. and $100 for individual parties.  As of today the Fees are: $70 per day on weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) and $50 per day during the week (Monday through Thursday).  Rates for weekday daytime or evening is $25.  Weekend daytime or evening (this includes Friday evening) is $35. There is also a 3 hour rental on weekdays before 4 pm for $15. Daytime hours are 7am-4pm and evening hours are 5pm-11pm

The Community House offers a 20’X 60’ (1200 Sq Ft) open area with a wood floor suitable for dance workshops, meetings, classes, weddings, receptions, and similar events. There is a kitchen area with a refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot and sink with counter space. There are 14 folding rectangle tables (Six 8-foot & Six 6-foot) and 76 chairs (of various sizes). It is handicap accessible with a 12X12 Deck with Handicap Ramp at the rear of the facility. Alcoholic beverages are permitted and our maximum occupancy is 99 persons.

Mon, Tues and Fridays are usually booked after 5 pm for various dance groups. Also booked monthly are the Second Saturdays, all day and the Third Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm (so it is available after 5 p.m.). But please call to check on any date you might wish to book.

You are more than welcome to come by during our working hours and we can let you take a look inside. The Town Office is open 9:30 am to 3:30 pm M-F and are located at 555 Hammock Road. The HWCH is located at the end of Hall Road off of Dayton Blvd here in Melbourne Village. (Note the swimming pool is privately owned and only available to village residents)

For more information, call the Melbourne Village Town Office at (321) 723-8300 or email deputyclerk AT melbournevillage.org

Once you have a confirmed reservation by our office you can Click here to print HWCH Reservation Forms.  Fill out the Event Reservation Form and pages 1-3 and return to us, with your deposit check of $100 and Please KEEP Pages 4-7 for your information. Our mailing address is 555 Hammock Road, Melbourne Village, FL 32904 or drop off at our office during regular Office hours 9:30-3:30.

History (as per www.flheritage.com)

This community hall was constructed, circa 1941, as a barracks on the Banana River Naval Air Station. Following World War II, the Naval Air Station became Patrick Air Force Base. In 1948, this building was declared surplus, and sold to the American Homesteading Foundation (AHF), located in Melbourne Village, Florida. The building was barged down the Banana River and Indian River to Melbourne and trucked on the then two-lane U.S. Route 192 to this location. As the center of Village life, the Hall was used for AHF Trustee meetings and annual AHF Membership meetings. It was also used for square dancing, life saving and first aid classes, Women's Guild activities, study groups for organic gardening, art and drama, plus children's crafts, drama, and story time programs. From 1957 until 1963, it provided office space for the newly incorporated Town of Melbourne Village. After 1963, it was used for recreational activities and the Village Men's Club. In 1996, the Town of Melbourne Village Historic Preservation Commission began a campaign to restore this historic landmark. The Town of Melbourne Village with the support of a grant from Brevard County completed the restoration in 2003.  Sponsors: The Brevard County Historical commission and the Florida Department of State.