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The House of Refuge Museum

301 SE Macarthur Blvd, Stuart, FL 34996-4908
+1 772-225-1875
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Docents love their museum

Our guide very informative and friendly. Had many great stories to tell and related the history... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Steven D
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1875 historical refuge building: the oldest building on Martin County

This sturdy wood homelike structure was built in 1875 as one of the string of Refuge Houses. These... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ace J
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301 SE Macarthur Blvd, Stuart, FL 34996-4908
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our guide very informative and friendly. Had many great stories to tell and related the history very well. Amazing displays of archeological history plus the business of live saving.

Thank Steven D
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This sturdy wood homelike structure was built in 1875 as one of the string of Refuge Houses. These buildings were spaced along Florida’s ocean coast to accommodate the frequent shipwrecked crews who made it to shore. By 1915 the Coast Guard operated the house. In...More

Thank Ace J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So much history that I was not aware - the people who lived in these houses of refuge had to walk the beaches for miles every day to search for survivors who washed ashore from sea wrecks. It was a lonely life, but so necessary...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of the many rescue stations along the Florida coast run by volunteers who provided a safe haven for sailors during bad storms. Fascinating in that this museum has maintained records of the times past in our history. The ocean views are pretty...More

Thank Carol S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took several friends that were visiting from Michigan. They enjoyed gaining a bit of historical trivia about the origins of Hutchinson Island and the rescue of the sailors who were shipwrecked in the early days before modern technology. It does not take long for...More

Thank DJC577
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A rather simple display and only took 15 minutes to see. Probably ok for kids. Grounds need cleaning for some trash and dead plants.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting history of how Martin County got it’s start, how maritime emergencies were handled prior to the formation of the Coast Guard, and other local history! Definitely worth the price of admission!

Thank Becca K
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Reviewed 16 January 2018

Be prepared to spend an hour reading about the history of how the Refuge staff saved many sailors who ended up on the shore of this barren, at that time, island. Amazing stories. Visit the Refuge station house and read about ship wrecks, including American...More

Thank compost4all
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

I go here every time we get company from out of town. The historic tour is very interesting. Artifacts and articles cover the time from the AIS Indians until World War II. I enjoy bringing a little picnic lunch and sitting on the rocking chairs...More

Thank Kathy H
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

I loved spending around 30 minutes over at the beach at The House of Refuge Museum. The beach actually reminded me a little bit of Blowing Rocks Preserve in Jupiter but even more beautiful. I felt like I was on a beach in Rhode Island...More

Thank Marcia A
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Valinda H
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Response from Z0S0 | Reviewed this property |
1 PM-4 PM on Sunday.
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3 March 2015|
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Response from larry51347 | Reviewed this property |
The directions from Debbie are right. Enjoy
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