The Eau Gallie Arts District (known as EGAD!) is an accredited and award winning Florida Main Street Community. The Eau Gallie Arts District gets its name from the city that was founded here in 1860 when the pioneering Houston family established a farm harvesting sugar cane, rice and vegetables. Until the 1960′s, there were two distinct cities situated on either end of the two causeways crossing the Indian River Lagoon. The southern city was Melbourne, and the northern city was Eau Gallie, French for “rocky water.” In 1969, Melbourne annexed Eau Gallie, taking Melbourne as the name for the unified municipality. However, the town of Eau Gallie has continued to be referred to its own name.
The original town of Eau Gallie was a viable business district with all the anchor elements in place to sustain a neighborhood–a school, a downtown, a newspaper, and traditional community celebrations. Despite today being sliced in two by a state road, EGAD is thriving community offering residents a return to the nostalgia of a hometown.