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Great, informative, tour that is well worth the time and money.

My wife and I recently visited the House of Refuge Museum on Hutchinton Island in Stuart Fl. This... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
canalrat50
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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Learn about the history of the island.

A nice destination of you want to take a short bike ride. We rode from Hutchinson Shores (about 5... read more

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Richard R
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Mukilteo, Washington
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Reviewed December 9, 2019

Just before lunch at 12A Buoy in Fort Pierce, we covered this place going back in time. Going back to its origin in the 1800โ€™s, this place is a real piece of history. Being a merchant sailor myself, I stood on the deck and viewed the ocean and thought back to โ€œthe daysโ€ of sailing ships and impending peril for those vessels. With only signal flags to warn ships of dangerous weather or German U-boats in the area, mariners were very focused on what flew on the pole during their transit either North or South.What a service the Lifesaving Stations performed. Most of,this,history is lost on the average person. Sometimes, with only an open boat with oars, these โ€œsaviorsโ€ braved the wild ocean to rescue a wrecked sailor. The helper/guides were very informative, well rehearsed, and completely professional in their presentation. The artifacts available for viewing and photographing were authentic and a bit spooky when considering how old they were. Very accessible of A1A and easy to get around inside and out. Be sure and study the large steering wheel from the wreck of the โ€œAdonisโ€. It is wonderful.

Date of experience: December 2019
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Reviewed October 10, 2019

Very interesting place. Learn how the refuge took care of sailers whoโ€™s ships were caught in hurricanes. Actual refuge just the way it was left. Very interesting visit.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Jerry R
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Reviewed October 1, 2019 via mobile

Very interesting! Really neat to see and learn about refuge houses for shipwrecked sailors. This is the only one left. Enjoyed visit. Beautiful views. We bought the combo ticket for Elliott Museum too- highly recommend that. They are about 2 miles away from each other. Limited parking though at Refuge House.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed September 26, 2019

This was history I never knew about: the Federal government setting up houses to rescue shipwrecked sailors in the 1800s. Take a guided tour if possible. But if not, there was plenty of interesting signage to explain what you are seeing. And beautifully located right on the beach (of course).

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank babs W
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Reviewed September 21, 2019

Ten of these houses where set up to help in the rescue of shipwrecked sailors starting in 1875. At one time they stretched from present day Daytona Beach to Miami. This is the last remaining of the ten. The tour and displays are the main attraction of the museum but many visitors to the area come to watch the waves crash against the Anastasia Rock formation on which the museum sits.It is also a popular place to watch the sunrise. There is very limited parking.

Date of experience: September 2019
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