What happens when you discover a some secrets about an ancestor who had been in the fog of the past? Local historian and Jensen Beach native Rachel Heid, a PSL Historical Society Member, shared tales of her journey learning more about her great-grandfather Burt Pruitt, famous local fishing guide. He was known not just for his skills, recognized locally and by many rich and famous fishers, but for the wild parties, bootlegging and other questionable behavior at his fish camp on the North Fork. By the time he sold the last of his property to GDC in 1970, he was known as a local environmentalist.
Rachel is shown below flanked by her daughters Kaitlin (left) and Emilee. To learn more about Burt Pruitt, click here.
The talk followed a lovely buffet dinner at the Santa Lucia River Club at Ballantrae. More than 40 members and guests attended and stayed to chat following the meeting.
The extra hour of sunlight was a perfect for the River Nights event on March 14 and the reggae music by Rainfall. We were there to answer the questions many of the visitors had about the historic houses now on their foundations. It will be slow but eventually these will be refurbished to provide a museum and other community uses. Stop by and see us at the next River Nights on April 11, last of the season
firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll be welcoming some of the new members who signed up at Botanica. Click the attached invite for more information.
Our busy week was capped with the Treasure Coast History Fair in Fort Pierce on Jan. 12, where we participated for the second year in a row. Our thanks to the sponsor, Indian River Magazine.
We met lots of nice people and were able to share lots of tales of the days before the city became the largest on the Treasure Coast -- in fact, when it was mostly undeveloped Florida scrub. But even then it had history.
Part of that reminiscing was with the operator of the next door booth, Indian River Hauntings (tour shown below), operated by Larry Lawson, who was a PSL Police detective in the 1980s.