|Located on the eastern bank of the Halifax River, Built in 1913 as a winter home for a clergyman and his wife. John D. Rockefeller purchased it in 1918 and lived in the house during the winters until his death in 1937 at the age of ninety-seven. While a resident of Ormond Beach, "Neighbor John," as he preferred to be called, enjoyed taking part in community activities: playing golf, participating in the sing-along at the Ormond Hotel each Sunday, and entertaining friends such as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone. A big event each year was the Christmas party he hosted for friends, a tradition carried on to this day by The Casements Guild.
In November 2000, the State of Florida named John D. Rockefeller a "Great Floridian" in recognition of his contributions to the history of Florida.
Subsequently, the building has had a number of functions, serving as the Fairmont-Casements School and Junior College, a rest home for a religious organization and an annex for the old Ormond Hotel which was located across the street.
It was unoccupied for many years and deteriorated until it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. The property was purchased by the City of Ormond Beach in 1974 for $500,000. Restoration, with the aid of a grant of $449,000, was completed in October 1979. The building continues to be a focal point of the Ormond Beach community. The Casements is a multiple use facility offering classes, workshops, rentals and special events.
The Casements Guild was formed in 1979; its members serve as docents, guiding visitors through the house - describing its historical past and current uses by the city and the community. While the City of Ormond Beach owns and maintains The Casements, the Guild enriches the building with artifacts and enhancements.
Christmas Party at the Casements circa 1930