Members of the PSL Historical Society were among the volunteers judging the St. Lucie County high and middle school students' submissions in the Feb. 20, 2018, History Fair on the campus of Indian River State College in Fort Pierce. This is the fourth year the society has provided judges. Students presented exhibits, web sites, documentaries or performances on the theme "Conflict and Compromise." Volunteers were Deb Mock, secretary Mary Dodge and Chair Dennis Grabhorn, shown here with judging teammate Stephanie Morgan, City Councilwoman.


Port St. Lucie Historical Society Board Members got to spread the word a bit wider on Saturday, January 13, 2018, when they were invited to take part in the Treasure Coast History Fair in Fort Pierce. Displays lined 2nd Avenue, while speakers held court in the Black Box Theater of the Lyric. Here Dennis Grabhorn and Christine Williams trade tales with one of many who visited our booth.


With the darker nights, the riverside atmosphere was something special ... reminiscent of Old Florida. River Town band played and hundreds of Port St. Lucians sat, had a drink or two and relaxed under the moon in one of of the most historic sites in the city. Some even came by boat to the November 9, 2017, River Nights. Some even came by boat. Of course the PSL Historical Society was there, l to r, Mary Dodge, Jack Kelly, Dianne Aguiar. 


When River Nights started again in October, the Port St. Lucie Historical Society was there. We'll be at all this season's nights along side the St. Lucie River with books, brochures, membership cards and information. Stop by. 

The Westmoreland Boulevard site is slated to be the future home of a museum for the city's history, before and after General Development Corp.


A beautiful April night on the edge of an historic section of the North Fork of the St. Lucie River was the setting for the city Park & Recreation Department's River Nights celebration on the site of the Westmoreland Project. We were delighted to have a spot to share the stories about the people and places that make this one of the most historic locations in Port St. Lucie -- a perfect location for a museum. A visit by the Mayor topped off the evening. Hundreds of people were on deck to enjoy the band, some refreshments and a fantastic view. 

PSL Historical invited to speak to PSL Rotary

Vice Chair Dennis Grabhorn and Secretary Mary Dodge took the PSL Historical Society story "on the road," all the way to the 19th Hole of the Sandpiper Bay Saints golf course club house on Tuesday, April 9, 2017. An active question and answer session followed the brief presentation about the city's and the society's history.

Long-time member Beth Gessner leaving area

Beth Gessner moved here from Fort Lauderdale with her husband Dave and their family in 1959, before there was a city of Port St. Lucie. The couple were responsible for much of the fun and games that centered around the Northport Marina in the early days. Dave was recreation director for General Development Corp. Their children went to school in White City and Fort Pierce. (Port St Lucie had no schools.) She was an elementary school teacher for many years and taught many now-grown current residents of Port St. Lucie. Beth is moving to The Villages to be closer to her daughter.

Shown left to right Rosemary Grabhorn, a resident since 1965, Christine Williams of the Shell Bazaar, who has lived in PSL her entire life, Beth and Rosemary's son Dennis