House of Refuge, Stuart, Florida

House of Refuge
301 Southeast MacArthur Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34996
P (772) 225-1875


Open Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. Ė 4 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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Welcome to the House of Refuge

Step back in time to the turn of the century with a visit to the House of Refuge Museum at Gilbertís Bar.

Gilbertís Bar House of Refuge, Martin Countyís oldest building, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974.


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The House of Refuge at Gilbertís Bar is the only remaining House of Refuge. Built as one of ten along the east coast of Florida, it is the oldest structure in Martin County and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Houses of Refuge were designated as havens for shipwrecked sailors and travelers along the sparsely populated Atlantic coastline of Florida. Run by the United States Lifesaving Service, the Houses played a critical role in a time when sailing ships dominated the world commerce.

The historic structure has weathered many storms and provided needed shelter for shipwreck survivors, including those of the Georges Valentine, an Italian brigantine whose wreckage remains just 100 yards off the rocky shoreline, providing an ideal dive site.

The House of Refuge continues to withstand the test of time, while offering a fascinating look at a bygone lifestyle along the sea.

The museum today has been restored to showcase historical lifesaving equipment and the Keeperís living quarters as they were in 1904.



Featured Exhibits at the House of Refuge

Georges Valentine Exhibit

House of Refuge Museum at Gilbertís Bar

Georges Valentine Exhibit

The Georges Valentine Shipwreck Site is the site of the historic shipwreck of an Italian barkentine off the coast of Hutchinson Island in Martin County, Florida. On July 19, 2006, the Georges Valentine Shipwreck Site was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. On October 16, 2006, it became the eleventh Florida Underwater Archaeological Preserve.
Diving the Georges Valentine Shipwreck Site

Georges Valentine Exhibit

House of Refuge Museum at Gilbertís Bar

The House of Refuge on Gilbertís Bar is the oldest structure in Martin County. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is also a community icon and true treasure of Floridaís Treasure Coast. The House of Refuge is the only one of the original ten houses of refuge to remain on the Florida Coast.

House of Refuge Museum at Gilbertís Bar


 

 

House of Refuge, Stuart, Florida
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Georges Valentine Dive Site

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Shipwreck Dive Site
 


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House of Refuge at Gilbert's Bar
301 Southeast MacArthur Boulevard
Stuart, Florida 34996
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