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.
STUDENTS GIVE TOP MARKS TO PSL HISTORY ADULT LEARNING COURSE
Students were few but enthusiastic in their evaluation of the two-session adult education class given in October for the Fielden Institute of Indian River State College at the Strelsa Schrieber Center on the St. Lucie West campus.
In the college-sponsored evaluation, respondents said the course was informative, enjoyable and well-organized. They also strongly agreed they would recommend the course to others, so stay tuned for future offerings.
Aided by persons who witnessed and have participated in making the city's history, Port St. Lucie Historiical Society members presented slides and discussion about the days before the city came on the scene and various key points of growth since its incorporation in 1961. (Click for rest of story)
TEMPLE BETH EL ISRAEL MEN'S CLUB INVITES PSL HIST'L SOCIETY TO SPEAK
About 50 persons attended a presentation Jan. 11, 2015, to the Men's Club at Temple Beth El Israel in St. Lucie West. Society chair Richard McAfoos and board member Dennis Grabhorn led the discussion and showed a few minutes of the docudrama done for the city's 50th anniversary in 2011, as time did not allow for more. The possibility of showing it at a later movie night was mentioned. In the meantime, members were encouraged to find the DVD City of Dreams and other Society products at the display at Shell Bazaar or from the website gift shop.
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