PSL GETS A BIG CHUNK OF HISTORY WITH THE McCARTY RANCH
Take a minute to play this short video from the City to see what a historic treasure Port St. Lucie inherited when the 3,100 acres of the McCarty Ranch came into its boundaries.
The city’s McCarty Ranch Preserve was named to recognize and honor the locally and statewide influential McCarty family. Charles Tobin McCarty, known as C.T., began growing pineapples in St. Lucie County during the 1880s, and the McCarty family eventually expanded their St. Lucie County land holdings to accommodate their growing citrus farming and cattle ranching ventures. The family ran cattle on the ranch for many years, selling the last piece of it in 2004. C.T. McCarty was mourned thorouhout Florida when he was shot and killed over a real estate misunderstanding in 1907as he left a Fort Pierce barber shop.
The family’s influence extended throughout Florida, with C.T.’s grandson Dan becoming the state’s 31st governor in 1953. C.T.’s other grandson John managed the family ranch for many years and was keenly aware of its value to future generations as an environmental resource and potential water supply.
The McCarty Ranch is largely unspoiled, natural Florida land. The city purchased the property in 2012 and incorporated it into the city limits in 2013, with plans to use it as a water storage and treatment facility to help meet the city's water demands for decades to come.
Additionally, the property now serves as an environmentally friendly passive recreational area for all to enjoy. City leaders have a strategic plan to build on the legacy of its namesake and to create a better community that connects the past, present and future. Click here to view that Strategic Plan and visit the City's web site for details of the recreational facilities.
100s of students vie in annual St. Lucie County Schools History Fair
The auditeria of Palm Pointe Research School at Tradition was packed with exhibits Saturday, Feb. 21,2015, as students vied in the county History Fair to be chosen to take their presentations to the state finals in Tallahassee in May. The four other categories -- research paper, websites, documentariesand performances -- took place elsewhere in the school.
The theme this year was Leadership and Legacy in History.The rules for the entries are those of the National History Day organization.
The Port St. Lucie Historical Society was asked to provide some of the many judges for the day. Board members Jolien Caraballo, Dennis Graborn and Mary Dodge volunteered. Joining them was society member and former teacher, Beth Gessner (right).
St. Lucie County Chamber's Leadership class gets a taste of PSL History
For more than 30 years, the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce has been providing Leadership St. Lucie, a series of classes for participants chosen as those who can provide proactive leadership within the county. This year, for the first time, the Port St. Lucie Historical Society was invited to provide a brief session on the city's history.
The program looks for candidates who are committed to the welfare of the community and want to assume responsibility for its leadership. A series of discussions and site visits are developed to expose participants to the greatest challenges and opportunities facing the community today.
The two-year program began in January with a mandatory orientation and one-day Team Building session.The class now meets once a month for 10 full-day programs. The second year participants will design the sessions for the next class and participate on a chamber committee. This year's class is unsually large, with 35 students.Chair Richard McAfoos, Board Member Patricia Christensen and Secretary Mary Dodge represnted the Society.
In progress ...
- Working with the City to obtain a permanent place to house archives, displays and meetings
- Preparing for the challenge of acquiring necessary funds to develop a Port St. Lucie Historical Museum that the public can visit
- Growing our membership and volunteer base
- Planning more gatherings to share more memories
- Sharing with the public through sales of our history book, "City of Dreams" DVD and audio CD
- Working local groups and businesses to make our history book and DVD available in St. Lucie County Public Schools
- Increasing and improving our archives
- Striving to live up to our mission
- Continuing to cooperate with other community organizations
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