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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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Historic moments

My Army Staff Sergeant son & I visited during his off time. Military visits FREE. Yeah! The... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lance C
Jensen Beach, Florida
via mobile
A look into the past of the Coast Guard

Before the formation of the Coast Guard there were houses of refuge along the Florida coast. This... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2017
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301 SE Macarthur Blvd, Stuart, FL 34996-4908
+1 772-225-1875
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My Army Staff Sergeant son & I visited during his off time. Military visits FREE. Yeah! The staff was extremely pleasant. The tour was filled with dates, locations, government officials & procedures. Enlightening!!! Must See!!!

Thank Lance C
Reviewed 22 April 2017

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.

Thank Truckie351
Reviewed 5 April 2017

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...More

Thank Jenny M
Reviewed 30 March 2017

We enjoyed the history of this historic life-saving station. The buildings and exhibits are fascinating.

Thank msmermaid38
Reviewed 13 March 2017

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...More

Thank cmanofcape
Reviewed 9 March 2017

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...More

Thank Sharon L
Reviewed 3 March 2017

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...More

Thank Joe D
Reviewed 20 February 2017

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...More

Thank Bunmaster2014
Reviewed 8 February 2017

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...More

Thank DaveH777
Reviewed 22 January 2017

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...More

Thank Travel_Undercover
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Direction from Ocean Blvd.?
3 March 2015|
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Response from larry51347 | Reviewed this property |
The directions from Debbie are right. Enjoy