House of Refuge, Hutchinson Island
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The House of Refuge was a place where shipwrecked sailors could stay after tragedy struck. This is the last remaining house of refuge out of many that were scattered up and down the coast.
It is wonderful to visit this little house because of the incredible views on both sides! Situated on a thin strip of land between the ocean and the intracoastal, the house picks up a cool, salty breeze. You can sit on the rocking chairs on the patio facing either side and marvel at the colors in front of you! The ocean here is vibrant- as blue and turquoise as can be. And the intracoastal stretches before you, spacious and calm. The house is slightly elevated, on a dune, which gives you even better views. What a lovely spot! The keeper had a great job!
Inside the house upstairs and in the basement there are exhibits explaining the history of the house, though one doesn't read for long because it's too musty. Outside there are also information plaques that tell the interesting stories of the area.
Many weddings take place here on this blessed spot between ocean and intracoastal!
Afterwards, jump in the ocean at Chastain Beach!
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The House of Refuge is located at 301 SE MacArthur Blvd, Stuart FL 34996, call (772) 225-1875.
Open Mon-Sat 10-4, and Sun 1-4. Closed on Jan 1, July 4, Thansgiving (fourth Thurs in Nov), and Dec 25.
Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children aged 6-12.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.