Before the formation of the Coast Guard there were houses of refuge along the Florida coast. This is the last. It is also called Gilbert's Bar. It is popular for weddings. There is a rocky shore which rivals those further south in Palm Beach County.
Walked to the House of Refuge with a friend on a cold and windy day, looking for refuge. We had a tour guide Linda, very knowledgeable of the history of the area. It was a very interesting historic site. Very well done with stories of the keepers of the Houses of Refuge, actual photos and documents, histories of ship wrecks,... 更多
We enjoyed touring the house, which is very small, just a few rooms. The $7 entry fee is too high for the size of the display, and since they were setting up for a wedding across the entire front of the house, it detracted from our view. Very, very hard to park... just a small lot on a very busy... 更多
This is the oldest house in the county. It is also a small museum that honors the lifesavers who lived in this sparsely populated area of Old Florida. The house has been maintained and the rooms are decorated "of the time". It is expensive at $8. I wasn't given any information about where to start the tour of the museum... 更多
Tour can be guided or self-guided. Really learn about early Stuart and the early years of shipping in the area. Excellent job of preserving this peice of history. The view here is also awesome. Be sure to tour the basement of the house and learn all about the Pirate Gilbert.
The oldest surviving building in Martin County. Built in 1876. Limited parking just off the narrow drive-by road. Some visitors also parked on the grassy swale up the road. Entrance is through the gift shop, where the $7 admission fee is collected. I caught up with the group the guide was leading through the museum in the refuge house basement.... 更多
The House of Refuge is very very cool to see and the last of it's kind of old world rescue stations/buildings... And there is a neat little museum about the Jobe (Hobe) indians down below and you'll also learn about Jonathan Dickenson's story, which is really quite wild and involves somehow surviving cannibal indians Oh, if you catch it at... 更多
They were busy setting up for a wedding when I arrived but despite this I was warmly greeted and offered a personal tour around this small museum. My guide for my visit was a volunteer. A very knowledgable and friendly chap called Tom. We started my tour on the terrace area with me sitting in a wooden rocking chair and... 更多
Very interesting place to visit.....nicely preserved original structure from the houses of refuge. Takes less than an hour, local volunteers give you a guided tour, cost is about $8-$10......if you go on-line you can get discounts for going to House of Refuge, FL Oceanographic and Elliot Museum as a package. It's a nice way to spend an afternoon. Not an... 更多