Stuart’s Heritage Museum Receives Exposure in Florida!
In the article by Steve Winston, Winston mentions, “When they named this area of Florida the “Treasure Coast,” they weren’t thinking about this old building. They were thinking about the numerous shipwrecks off these shores during the 1800s… and the numerous treasure chests lying at the bottom of the ocean.
Yet, this red-and-white wooden building constructed in 1901, with the words “Stuart Feed Supply” on top, is a treasure itself – and, to the people of Stuart, Fla., just as valuable as the gold buried offshore.”
The article continues, ““It was built in 1901 as the G.W. Parks General Merchandise Store, by George Parks,” said Mary Jones, Executive Director of the museum. “ Parks also eventually built a Gulf gas station and a small refinery behind the store, at the docks overlooking the St. Lucie River. But he died in 1943, when the refinery caught fire. The family sold the store, and it became Stuart Feed Supply. It stayed that way until 1982, when it finally closed down. The city bought it in ’88. And they turned it into a museum in 1992.”
What makes this mention even better is that according the statistics provided by VisitFlorida®.com, “During the years that comprise the review period (2010-2013), VisitFlorida® is primarily responsible for bringing 17,332,562 visitors to the state of Florida. These visitors accounted for $11.2 billion in total spending while in the state.”
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Article by: Jeannie M. Ferrara