Port St. Lucie Historical Society


An article in the Port St. Lucie edtion of Indian River Magazine released this month outlines the City's current thinking on the historic property adjacent to the its Botanical Gardens. The area includes the Burt Pruitt Fish Camp site, which drew sports fishers from around the world. The PSL Historical Society feels it is the perfect place of for a museum about the city's past to share with residents and visitors of all ages. Read the article.


The area we know as Port St. Lucie was once mostly large ranches, as was much of St. Lucie County outside of Fort Pierce. The best known of the area's early ranchers were Alto "Bud" Adams Jr. and his father, Judge Alto Adams. Recently City Councilwoman Michelle Berger interviewed Bud, as he asks to be called, and his son Robbie about the Adams Ranch and its part in the area's enviroment.

The preservation of large stretches of land by environmentally conscious persons such as the Adamses helps balance the pollutants produced by the cities and other heavily developed areas. As part of interest in nature, Bud has produced many photographs of the ranches and creatures that inhabit them. His work is available in books and can be seen at the current exhibit at the PSL Botanical Gardens on Westmoreland Drive.

Though none of the land of the Adams Ranch became part of Port St. Lucie, his knowledge and memories give a glimpse into what might have been here before developers. His stewardship is an example of how agricultural and urban interests can work together to enrich each other.

Interviews with Bud and other old-time area ranchers are part of the docu-drama DVD professionally produced for the city's 50th anniversary: City of Dreams). You can also read about another area rancher in our Virtual Museum. When we get our physical museum, you can bet these early ranchers will be part of that too.


New novel peeks at life in St. Lucie County in 1980

Set in St. Lucie County in 1980, this humorous work of fiction is written by PSL Historical Society secretary Mary Dodge. The Reel Hot Summer is inspired by real events she found during her first year as a reporter covering PSL and the rest of the county. A snapshot of days when PSL was just coming into its own, the book is available through Amazon as a paperback and ebook. Here's a bit what the book is about:

 The summer of 1980's record-breaking heat gets hotter when two of the three Winthrop boys plan to open a porno movie theater in their old feed store. The first objections come from the Harley-riding evangelistic minister who lives just down the road with his naïve wife and mischievous 3-year-old twins. The Winthrops hire carpenter Jed Hart, who not only renovates and runs the movie house but moves in with the blacksmith girlfriend of the third brother, the drug-smuggling Junior Winthrop.  Jed has to face off with local smut-smiters,  county officials, state attorneys, and the Bible-thumping “Pint-sized Preacher, the World’s Shortest Evangelist.”

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Would you like a presentation by the PSL Historical Society for your organization? Drop us a note at info@pslhistory.org.

In progress ...
In the future ...
  • Recruit and train volunteers to share history with the public through researching archives and creating displays
  • Form a Speakers Bureau knowledgeable about various segments of our past


Holiday Membership Gathering

5:30 p.m., Wed., Dec. 14, 2016

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