Three women, Virginia Wood, Elizabeth Nutting, and Margaret Hutchinson, came to the Melbourne area from Ohio following the end of World War II. Their goal was to build a community from for people wanting to establish a lifestyle that was modest and close to nature. This social experiment was an “intentional community”, a response to the hardships of the Great Depression. Many early residents cleared their land, built their own houses, and ran small businesses such as organic gardening and raising chinchillas. There was a community store run on the honor system. Early families overcame the lack of construction materials for civilian use following World War II by purchasing and relocating surplus military barracks from nearby bases. Two of these barracks still remain, one being the Original Melbourne Village Hall and the other a private residence. Melbourne Village is a town of about 700 residents and one half of one square mile surrounded by Melbourne and West Melbourne. The Town is approx. 90% residential – about 310 lots – mostly owner occupied.