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Myrt Tharpe Square Historic Cocoa Village

Historic Cocoa Village has over 50 unique shops, restaurants, antique malls and art galleries. Walk along our historic, tree-lined streets, shop and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a nostalgic riverside community. Dine at one of our gourmet restaurants before you catch a show at the Historic Playhouse, or visit the Florida Historical Society to find out some more about Florida times past…Have a special night out with friends and enjoy casual dining – Italian, pizza, sushi, tapas or seafood – and take in the live music at one of our buzzing night spots…Spend the day shopping in some of our exquisite, specialty stores, or just relax and enjoy a walk along our beautiful riverside boardwalk; take a sunset Paddle-Boat cruise along the Indian river or drop a fishing line in or a relaxing afternoon.

The History of the Village

Once upon a time, Stone Street (formerly Magnolia Street) came all the way through from U.S.1 to Brevard Avenue in Cocoa Village. There was no tranquil little park, carefully tended plants and flowers or a charming gazebo. In the 1960’s there was a wonderful woman, a city councilperson who loved Cocoa and devoted herself to its improvement. Her name was Myrtice Tharpe (1913-1982). She owned Myrt’s, a popular restaurant (where the Black Tulip is) where city business was conducted over a good meal.

After she passed away, the intersection at Brevard and Stone was closed. The Rotary Club built the Myrtice Tharpe Square landmark to honor her memory.

Today, the gazebo is used for weddings and celebrations. Story tellers tell their tales and, of course. We savor our lunches or sip our evening coffee, tapping our feet to the occasional street musician, wrapped in warm breezes and the good company around us. Myrtice’s legacy thrives here today.

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