The House of Refuge remains closed due to extensive renovations that are in progress. To see what changes are underway, click on this link, which will take you to photos by TCPalm’s Eric Hasert. Blake Fontenay also wrote an excellent article that will probably answer a lot of your questions.

“Built in 1875, Martin County’s oldest building the Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge sits silent on MacArthur Boulevard on the south end of Hutchinson Island as seen on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, in Martin County. Now serving as a museum, the House of Refuge is currently closed to the public and needs restoration work to preserve the historic treasure.