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The House of Refuge Museum

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Address: 301 SE Macarthur Blvd, Stuart, FL 34996-4908
Phone Number: +1 772-225-1875
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Interesting place for Florida sea faring history

We felt like this was someplace we had to see to understand the history of the ocean travel around Florida. Worth the visit.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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wilmington
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wilmington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We felt like this was someplace we had to see to understand the history of the ocean travel around Florida. Worth the visit.

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Stuart, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful place to visit and get a little background info on the local area. Stuart is a hidden gem, the beach located at House of Refuge is called Ross Witham Beach...named after my grandfather.

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Stuart, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Lovely place for a beach wedding! Nice outdoor canopy for reception. Parking is a little limited. Lot's of history here.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

we saw two families getting family portraits taken here. the beach is rocky so it's more of a place to walk than to lounge and go in the water. the museum is a must but it's small so it will be a quick tour.

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Palm City, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Very interesting history of the only remaining House of Refuge left in Florida. Originally built by the US Treasury department for shipwrecks along the coast and then later used during WW 2 by the Coast Guard. This is our greatest treasure on the Treasure Coast. Continue South on MacArthur Blvd and spend some time at beautiful Bathtub Reef and Beach.... More 

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Stuart, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I love taking visitors here. The little known local history of hardy people and rescues are quite fascinating. The WWII intrigues are also quite surprising, There is a cute gift shop with a local theme and volunteers eager to explain all.

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Stuart, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Not only is this a great little venue fir a history lesson but also an awesome place to host a beach wedding or event. Not a lot of parking but it was worth the wait for a spot. The gift shop has a great quaint selection of items too....a hidden gem!

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South Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

This was something that we never knew of until we visited the nearby Elliott museum. This is a wonderful piece of Florida history. A nice depiction of life in the Refuge house. It is situated on the water and had lovely views from the porch. A nice museum.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

I've driven by at least a hundred times and finally checked it out! It was so interesting and sweet! I would recommend! I enjoyed taking photos and just imagined what it must have been like those many years ago.

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Merritt Island, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

This visit taught us how ship wrecked people were rescued and cared for. It is the last remaining of Florida's House of Refuges. Be sure to see the map that shows how many ships have wrecked along the coast of Florida. It is an eye opener. Nice to see the canon that shot lines out to distressed ships, too

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