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The Elliott Museum in Martin County (closed Apr 2011-Feb 2013) is the headquarters of the Martin Co. Historical Society.  The museum is located at 825 NE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34996, on Hutchinson Island, across the street from Stuart Beach.  Enjoy the ocean breeze along with your visit to the museum.  Displays:  turn-of-the-century Americana, period rooms, Baseball Hall of Fame memorabilia and antique automobiles.  The Society occupies the top floor, along with their various archival materials.  New President and CEO is Jennifer Esler, as of 22 Feb 2012: Stuart News article.

The Gilbert's Bar House of Refuge, the oldest structure on the Treasure Coast, is the last remaining shipwreck lifesaving station in the USA.  This House is also operated by the M. C. Historical Society.  Stuart News article:  July 25, 2009.   Surf cam on website.

Another museum in Martin County is the Stuart Heritage Museum /  Stuart Feed Store, located near the Stuart City Hall, at 161 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart, FL 34994.  Telephone # 772-220-4600.  Featuring local history, including tools, furniture, paintings, fixtures, clothing, photographs, maps, and pioneer memorabilia through the 1950s.  Watch a 4 min. video of 1964 Stuart via YouTube.   The full 19 minutes video is at the bottom of the " Collections webpage".

A link to upcoming events in Historic Downtown Stuart.

A link to article about 1943 U. S. Navy Witham Airfield in Stuart.

To the NORTH:  A link to the St. Lucie County Regional History Center, serving all of the Treasure Coast.  "Our archives contain many invaluable records pertaining to Martin Co. history, as well as the history of the Treasure Coast.  [Researchers] may feel free to use the Center's research library at any time."  By Brynn Batsche, Education Specialist.  As of 5 Dec. 2010, being operated by the St. Lucie Historical Society.

To the NORTHWEST:  April, 2018: A link to an article about the 1837 Okeechobee Battle Site.

To the SOUTH:  A link to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, operated by the Loxahatchee River Historical Society.  Climbing tours are offered of the 1860 light house.  Lynn Drake is the experienced Archivist / Historian to be contacted!

A link to the River Center, a program of the Loxahatchee River District, located in the Burt Reynolds Park, on the East side US 1, just North of Indiantown Road, Jupiter.

A link to the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.

A link to the Palm Beach Post's historic Palm Beach website. This site has a 100 years of words and pictures from The Palm Beach Post and other South Florida publications.

The Palm Beach Post has partnered with Google News Archive to search, browse and share ~100 years of south Florida history.  Below is a recent email:

Announcing the Historic Archive from The Palm Beach Post
We have some exciting news to share!
   For the first time, readers are now able to browse the earliest editions of The Palm Beach Post, as well as The Palm Beach Daily News, the Miami News, The (Palm Beach) Tropical Sun and The Palm Beach Independent. This Historic Archive, made possible in partnership with Google, spans the years 1897 through 1988.
   Best of all, unlimited use of this important new historical resource is free and provided at no charge to the public.
Reels of microfilm have been digitized to create the Historic Archive, which is fully searchable by keyword. Readers can zoom in on articles, move from page to page and create direct links to pages and articles of interest.
   A few things to note:
• The Historic Archive contains hundreds of thousands of pages, but it is not a complete collection. New editions and pages will be added on a periodic basis.
• The quality of the pages reflects the quality of the original microfilm. Also, some pages are presented sideways. Those will be corrected over time.
• The link to the Historic Archive is here:
• Readers who need advanced search options can find that here:
   Any issues or questions can be reported to
   Also, we will be providing a search box for the Historic Archive to any organization, business, school, library or nonprofit for placement on their web site. Anyone interested should send an email to
   Questions can be directed to me:
Gerry Barker, 561-820-3715,
   Visit the Historic Archive and take a stroll back through history. You’ll be amazed! 
    2016 PS:  an archive subscription will be needed.

Updated 8 June 2018

To be the new Elliott Museum
Opening 3 Mar 2013: The new Elliott Museum (construction: April 2011 to Feb 2013.)

Masters Deg. in History:


Go to the Florida State Genealogical Society's website to find genealogy- related events for the entire state of Florida.  Click on "Calendar".

Biographical Articles:

1.  Myrtle Mary Deane:  Link to PDF

2.  Capt. Henry E. Sewall's Obit and Biographical Sketch:  Link to PDF

3.  'Mr. Aviation' Albert (Bert) Krueger:  Link to PDF


Sandra H. Thurlow is a current noted historian in Martin Co.  Email: 

Her friend, Marty Baum, has a Florida History Hunter website, which has interesting details.  Various historical books are listed.  Also, here is a link to, to a March, 2010 newspaper article: "Monday Chat with Marty Baum", "Historic re-enactor has history in his blood" by Joe Crankshaw.

Joe Crankshaw is a noted Stuart newspaper man and gives talks about the early days in Stuart.

Lynn Drake is the Archivist / Historian at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum.  Contact her for south Martin Co. history.  Also for info on Riverside Cemetery, which use to be Jupiter Cemetery.  Also

Alice Luckhardt is a free-lance historical researcher and writer,  member of the Board of Directors for the Stuart Heritage Museum, researcher for the Elliott Museum and House of Refuge, and a genealogist.  Ashley Gang story Ball family story, early schools story, post offices-1890s, John Samuel Danford, Harry Lyons, Zack Mosley's Smilin' Jack Comic Strip, Krueger family, Morris R.Johns family, Camp Murphy (WW II), Bay Tree Lodge at Sewall's Point, Salerno: Benjamin Mulford's Utopia, Ted Dehon (b.1871) Family of Stuart.   To access all of Alice and Greg Luckhardt columns that have run in YourNews, please click here.  Email:

Barley Barber Swamp

Tours will leave from the Seminole Inn in Indiantown, FL.  For individual(s) tours: make an appointment by calling 772-597-3777.  For school groups: make an appointment by calling Treasured Lands Foundation at 772-647-9076.  Tours are seasonal, from October 1 thru May 31, Wednesday thru Sunday, 8:30 am and 1:30 pm.  The cypress swamp tour is free and takes about three (3) hours.  Background info at

Historic Trail: Jupiter to Indiantown

Tropical Trekkers Group: