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Hallstrom Farmstead

1723 Old Dixie Hwy SW, Vero Beach, FL 32962-6606
+1 772-778-3435
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Intriguing homestead with varied history

A must see when on the Florida coast. The history of the place is pretty amazing and what has been... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Bill K
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Washington, New Jersey
It's hard to find, but wonderful!

In order to find this wonderful home, be sure to identify this as 1723 Old Dixie Hwy SW. From Vero... read more

Reviewed 22 February 2018
Terry M
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Indianapolis, United States
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Swedish immigrant and horticulturist, Axel Hallstrom, moved from Minnesota to Florida in 1904 for a warmer climate for his sickly wife, and land to grow tropical trees and fruits. He later purchased 100 acres on the "golden ridge," the tropical sand dune that runs along the western side of the Indian River. First he grew pineapples, then citrus fruit. By 1918 his brick three-story home was completed and stands today on five acres of property, bequeathed to the Indian River County Historical Society in 1999 when Axel's only daughter, Ruth, passed away. This beautiful home is filled with the original furnishings and archives from the Hallstrom family. It is open Monday through Friday and the last Saturday of the month from 1-4 pm. Many Swedish holidays are celebrated here including St. Lucia Christmas, Fika Pause, and Axel Name Day. A donation of $5 a person is suggested to help maintain the house and gardens.
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1723 Old Dixie Hwy SW, Vero Beach, FL 32962-6606
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A must see when on the Florida coast. The history of the place is pretty amazing and what has been saved is very interesting from clothing, to dishes to furniture, etc.

Thank Bill K
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Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

In order to find this wonderful home, be sure to identify this as 1723 Old Dixie Hwy SW. From Vero Beach take the Hwy south and keep going.... Our docent was Al. He knew everything about the home and the family. The house is perfectly...More

1  Thank Terry M
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Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

The two tour guides here really make this place wonderful. My sister and I spent about two hours here going through the home and asking questions. We sat on the porch and rocked in chairs for probably 15 min What a wonderful day.

1  Thank Jamie P
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Reviewed 14 November 2017

Went to see this historic house this afternoon, and was entertained by a very lively and knowledgeable docent, about the history of the single family who occupied this home for close to 90 years, and who ran the groves on the property. At one time...More

1  Thank aljora
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Reviewed 13 December 2016

Went there with some friends to see the St. Lucia celebration and was more than pleasantly surprised with this gem of a home. When the explanation of the property and the tour given was over I was elated with not only the history of this...More

3  Thank tinytots_8
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Reviewed 20 July 2016

If you want to gather history of early Vero Beach residents this is a good place to start. The tour guides give interesting stories about the people ofHallstrom House. I really enjoyed my visit.

3  Thank gingerver0
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Reviewed 6 July 2016

Not much to see here except a renovated older house and some landscaping. Typical of early settlements along the coast before tourism caught on.

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Reviewed 10 May 2016

In March the Garden Club of Indian River Co. hosted their semi annual flower show here. It was attended by many county residents and out of county residents. the home was decorated with period style flower arrangements and displays. there was a large tent set...More

Thank Kaneki70
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Reviewed 27 April 2016

What a great trip back into the history of Vero Beach and a beautiful home. Take the tour, it's short and informative, and you'll be glad you did.

1  Thank tlcTeresa
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Reviewed 17 March 2016

This old family homestead was owned by a Swedish family in the early 1900's and the Historical Society has restored it and now maintains it for tours. So sweet and beautiful and if you can go when they are holding one of their events at...More

4  Thank CTascon
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Adeline S
8 October 2017|
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Response from Jamie P | Reviewed this property |
They ask for a 5.00 donation. It is worth it.
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Demaris C
17 November 2016|
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Response from jjstives | Reviewed this property |
During this season, it may be. I really don't know their hours. Sorry.
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JenniferDiFranco
1 May 2015|
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Response from cwb44 |
The Hallstrom House is open Monday through Friday from 1-4 pm. A $5.00 per person admission is suggested but you will not be turned away with any amount of donation. Since it is run by a non-profit group (Indian River County... More
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