PSL ROTARY LEARNS SOME LOCAL HISTORY

History was the subject of the day July 23, 2019, Port St. Lucie Rotary Club's luncheon at the 19th Hole on the Sandpiper Bay Saints Golf Course. PSL Historical Society Secretary Mary Dodge outlined how the Society started and provided some background information on the historic homes moved from the Peacock Ranch to the Westmoreland Boulevard site. This was followed by the tale of famed local fishing guide Burt Pruitt. Visit our Virtual Museum for this and other historic tales.

WE'VE UPDATED OUR EMAIL ADDRESS

Now you can reach us at our updated email address ... info@pslhistory.org. Our old web address will remain in effect for the time being.

RESEARCHING BURT PRUITT AS AN ANCESTOR


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.

Shown below are members (seated left to right) Lee Hicks, drawing winner Marilyn Lawless, standing Diane Gallagher and Chair Patricia Christensen.

DOO WOP AND SUNSET AT RIVER NIGHTS

We were at the last River Nights of the season on Thursday, April 11, to share memories with music that was popular just before and when PSL was started. Doo Wop City Band was bringing back memories for lots of folks. A lot of interest continues to be shown in the two historic houses at the park on Westmoreland. Many thanks to Kelly Tiger and the PSL Park and Rec department for making our participation in the seasonal event a breeze.

SUNNY NIGHT, CARIBBEAN MUSIC

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


HISTORY DAY AT ST. LUCIE SCHOOLS

As we have in the past, the Port St. Lucie Historical Society volunteered to judge the at the St. Lucie Schools History Day. The number of entries at the Feb. 26 event at Indian River Community College were down from previous years. Nevertheless, it is always rewarding to see high school students excited about history.

LEARN AND SHARE AT OUR FIRST GATHERING OF THE YEAR

Get up-to-date on what's happening with the historic houses and our group. It's a great time to join or renew at our first gathering of the year Feb. 20, 2019. Reservations are absolutely necessary, so let us know who's coming by emailing pchristensen@summit21.biz. We'll be welcoming some of the new members who signed up at Botanica.  Click the attached invite for more information.

GREAT DAYS AT BOTANICA

What's better than a beautiful day in the outdoors ... two days. The PSL Historical Society was at the Botanica Plant Sale at the Botanical Gardens on the weekend of February 9 and 10. We answered questions about the historic houses being settled on their foundations in the Westmoreland Project and Riverwalk. And, we signed up 13 new memberships. Saturday was gorgeous on the shore of the pond. The wind came up Sunday but didn't deter our volunteers.

VISIT US AT BOTANICA

Come see us this weekend, Feb. 9 and 10, at the Port St. Lucie Botanica Plant Sale. Join and receive a free eco-cruise on the North Fork or a gift certificate for the Shell Bazaar. If you're a new member you can get one of our history books for $10. Come see the beginnings of the historic village.

CELEBRATING TREASURE COAST HISTORY


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.