2018 Archaeology Fest

Sunday April 15th 10:00am – 3:30pm

Dive into Archaeology

The House of Refuge Museum and Southeast Florida Archaeological Society  are hosting the 2018 Archaeology Fest, featuring Underwater Archaeology. Admission is FREE. Hands on activities and crafts for children, lectures for the whole family and information booths.

Parking is limited-FREE shuttle from the Elliott Museum

Heritage Monitoring Scout Training

Wednesday February 28th  8:30 am – 2:30 pm

                                                                                   Bring Out Your Inner Indiana Jones

Have you always wanted to be like Indiana Jones? Here is your opportunity to bring out the hidden Archaeologist in you. Sign up to become a Heritage Monitoring Scout for the state of Florida with the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN).

Heritage Monitoring Scouts (HMS) visit historical and archeological sites looking for signs of damage, looting, or climate-related issues. HMS record and photograph local archaeology sites for the state of Florida. Over time, this data base will provide much-needed information on which sites are in danger, and how to preserve and protect them.

FPAN is partnering with the House of Refuge Museum and Southeast Florida Archaeology Society (SEFAS) to offer hands-on training, including artifact identification and site recording skills. The training will be offered Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 from 8:30am-2:30pm at the House of Refuge Museum, 301 SE MacArthur Blvd. on Hutchinson Island in Stuart, FL. Seating is limited, so please RSVP to Sara Ayers-Rigsby at: sayersrigsby@fau.edu/  or call 954-254-9657 for an application and details.

2018 House of Refuge Lecture Series

The 2018 Lectures are all Sold Out!


Tuesday Feb 13th, 2018 10:00am
Wednesday Feb 14th, 2018 7:00pm

Jonnie Flewelling & Iris Wall present Indiantown Roots-Cattle & Agriculture

Long-time Indiantown resident and fifth generation Floridian, Iris Wall, and her daughter, Jonnie Flewelling, will be speaking on the history of Indiantown. Located in western Martin County and separated from its east coast neighbors by miles of cattle ranches and orange groves, Indiantown has its own unique history.

The Wall Family settled in Indiantown over 60 years ago and has helped it prosper in many ways, through ranching, farming, business enterprises, and environmental preservation.  Jonnie Flewelling owns the Historic Seminole Inn, built in 1925 by Mr. Solomon Davies Warfield, then President of the Seaboard Airline Railways.

Tuesday March 13th, 2018 10:00am
Wednesday March 14th, 2018 7:00pm

John Hennessee presents The History of Port Salerno

Long-time Port Salerno resident John Hennessee rescued one of the last remaining Fish Houses on the Manatee Pocket. Converting it into the Fish House Art Center with resident artists, eating and drinking establishments, and marina, it now draws tourist and locals to enjoy historic downtown Port Salerno, adding to its character and economy.  Hennessee will be discussing the Port Salerno’s diverse past, including topics such as growing pineapples, commercial fishing, and rum-running.

Tuesday April 10th, 2018 10:00am
Wednesday April 11th, 2018 7:00pm

Dr. Kyle Freund presents Archaeology in Pop Culture

Dr. Kyle Freund will discuss the misrepresentation of archaeology in film, television, and other media. He will talk about his take on topics relating to claims over archaeological heritage, from political, religious, and self-interested motivations to ancient alien theories behind various claims over archaeological heritage.

Dr. Freund received his undergrad degree from the University of Florida and holds an M.A. in Applied Anthropology from the University of South Florida. He completed his Ph.D. in Anthropology at McMaster University (Ontario) and joined the faculty of Indian River State College in 2015.


Ticket Information – Both Morning & Evening Series are SOLD OUT for 2018!  There are no individual lecture tickets available.  2019 Series tickets will be available at the end of November.  Watch for the new schedule and thanks for your overwhelming support!

House of Refuge Museum, 301 SE MacArthur Blvd. on Hutchinson Island, Stuart, FL 34996  Phone: 772-225-1875