Rockledge is Brevard County's oldest city, having been founded on August 7, 1887. The name Rockledge was given by an early settler, Gardner S. Hardee, who described the area based on it's coquina "rock-ledges" that lined the embankment along the Indian River Lagoon.
Rockledge encompasses roughly 11.5 square miles, housing approximately 27,000 residents. Conveniently located in central Brevard County, Rockledge is bordered to it's north by the City of Cocoa, to the east by the Indian River Lagoon, to the west by the St. John's River, and to it's south by the newest community in Brevard, Viera.
Early industry in Rockledge consisted of the citrus trade, along with accommodation for tourists traveling to South Florida by the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway along the Indian River Lagoon. Until about 1911, Rockledge was mostly accessed by boat and rail. Steamboats in the Indian River connected with Henry Flagler's trains, to transport people and goods to the north. The Dixie Highway was completed in 1915, known today as Rockledge Drive or "River Road," allowing travel to the area by automobile.
Rockledge was named as one of the best retirement communities in the country, due to its affordable housing, low crime rate, and amenities. Rockledge has over 15 parks and nature sanctuaries, along with two golf courses, offering plenty of opportunities to enjoy Florida's weather. Rockledge also has it's own hospital, police department, and fire department, consisting of three fire stations.