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Get a glimpse into pioneer life in Palm Beach County

July 25, 2014

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What was life like in South Florida before air-conditioning, pest control and all the wonderful amenities at Old Palm Golf Club? Well, it was pretty uncomfortable. For a revealing glimpse into the lifestyle of South Florida’s early settlers, visit the DuBois Pioneer Home in Jupiter. Built in 1898 on an ancient Indian oyster shell mound, the two-story pine structure is the second oldest house standing on its original site in Palm Beach County. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Recently renovated, the DuBois home is filled with authentic period furnishings, clothing and artifacts. Interestingly, the exterior walls were built on the diagonal to better withstand hurricanes. While living here, the pioneering DuBois family grew bananas, vegetables and pineapples. They also kept bees for honey. The DuBois homestead is located on the south side of Jupiter Inlet in DuBois Park, near the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. For more information, call 561-747-8380.


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