It is possible that this bit of history isn’t hidden at all. Perhaps many Floridians know all about it. I did not. I had never heard of a House of Refuge. Take a trip back 150 years with me and once you’ve heard the stories, I dare you to say, “History is boring.”

On Hutchinson Island, a short 15-minute drive from Stuart, Florida, visitors will find the House of Refuge Museum. This is the oldest building in Martin County and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974.

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