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The earliest visitors to South Florida just sort of dropped in. Didn’t make any reservations; didn’t bring many clothes.Of course, that’s because they were shipwrecked.So many sailors were stranded on Florida’s wild and unpopulated Atlantic Coast that 10 life-saving lodges were built between 1876 and 1886, evenly spaced along the coast. They were called Houses of Refuge, and only one remains — Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge in Stuart. Located at the southern end of Hutchinson Island…

Source: A refuge for shipwrecked sailors in Stuart | Miami Herald Miami Herald

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