Nature Photography by Fred Vaughn

 August 1 – September 31, 2019

Enjoy Florida wildlife through the eyes of photographer Fred Vaughn, a third generation Floridian who was born in Ft. Pierce and grew up in St. Lucie County.  He attended Ft. Pierce Central and IRSC.   A true local, Vaughn retired from the St. Lucie County Fire District in 2005 as a Deputy Chief and Fire Marshall.

Vaughn now spends his free time in the Florida back country and the Appalachian Trail stalking bird and beast.  His choice of equipment is Canon and his passion for photography dates back to the days of film and darkrooms. As Fire Marshall, he taught fire/crime scene photo techniques to other firefighting personnel.  His favorite shooting locations are the Beaches of the Treasure Coast because of the great variety of wildlife, weather, and the stunning sunrises and sunsets.  Vaughn also frequents Cades Cove National Park in the Smokey Mountains off the Blue Ridge Parkway for the unique shooting opportunities.

Vaughn’s large, eye-catching photographs are printed on aluminum giving them depth and dimension that is unequal to conventional photographic printing techniques. These unique high definition prints were printed in Vero at Canvas and Metal

Stop by and see Vaughn’s work on exhibit at the House of Refuge Museum in the historic Coast Guard Quarters, August 1 through September 30, 2019.

Open House & Tea With the Besseys

September 21, 2019 10:00am-4:00pm FREE

Step back in time with Bruce and Barbara Osborn as they portray Hubert and Susan Bessey, Keepers of the House of Refuge 1890-1901.

Mrs. Bessey will be serving iced tea and lemonade on the porch and sharing the family photos album, as Mr. Bessey tells tall tails of living at the House of Refuge when Hutchinson Island was a wilderness, packed with bears and wild animals.

A Brush Stroke in Time

October 1, 2019

Enjoy paintings by local pioneer Curt Whiticar (1911-2017).  Whiticar’s paintings depict historical events in early Martin County.  Coupled with vintage photographs and verbiage, the exhibit tells the story of the area’s colorful and interesting history.

2020 House of Refuge Lecture Series


Tuesday January 14, 10:00am               Wednesday January 15, 7:00pm

Tuesday February 11, 10:00am             Wednesday February 12, 7:00pm

Tuesday March 10, 10:00am                 Wednesday March 11, 7:00pm

Tuesday April 7, 10:00am                   Wednesday April 8, 7:00pm