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From Americana to celebrities to the varied and interesting history of local business owners and citizens, the museum has a fascinating collection of artifacts from Stuart's past.

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Located in beautiful downtown Stuart, the newly-renovated museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free, so come visit us today!

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Upcoming General Meetings & Guest Speakers

Sat., May 10, 2014, 10 a.m. City of Stuart Centennial Parade. Starts at High School Avenue and runs to Memorial Park. A picnic follows at the park.

Tues., May 13, 2014, 7 p.m. Martin Health System celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Join us at the Lyric Theatre for a special program by Sandy Thurlow and Martin Health past and present associates. The program will show highlights of the health system over the decades. Free and open to the public.

New! Exclusive to the museum gift shop is a large print of work by local artist Kevin Hutchinson. The piece features Woodmen Hall as it appeared in 1914. Numbered limited edition prints are $25 and are signed by the artist.

The museum is open during the summer months. Come for a visit to see the basement exhibits and upstairs!

Wednesday Social

Every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon, the public is welcomed to the "Old-Timers Social" held at the museum. Chat with those who grew up in Martin County. Refreshments served. Free.

Movie of Present-Day Stuart

Watch this movie, a great three-minute overview created by Shawn Bettencourt showing scenes of present-day Stuart and surrounding areas.

Historical Vignettes

Step back in time to learn about the unusual, the forgotten and some of the fascinating people, events and places from Martin County's history. These weekly historical vignettes are produced by Greg and Alice Luckhardt of Stuart and are in print in the Your News section of Stuart News and TCPalm.com every Wednesday.

DVD of Martin County History

Enjoy this DVD with a brief history of Martin County, including photos, videos and narration. It is a great and informative overview of Stuart and its surrounding neighborhoods and locations. Get your copy in a jewel case (playable on your TV DVD player or computer) at the Museum for a $5 donation.

Take a tour of Stuart in 1964--complete with old cars, airplanes, buildings and more!

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The Purpose of the Stuart Heritage Museum
Stuart Heritage, Inc. was created in 1988 when the City of Stuart purchased the Stuart Feed Store building on Flagler Avenue in downtown Stuart, Florida. The purpose of Stuart Heritage is to help preserve the heritage, artifacts and history of Stuart and its surrounding communities. The countless relics housed by the museum define the history of the people, businesses, agriculture and community spirit of the City of Stuart and Martin County.

Purchase of the Stuart Feed Store
When the city purchased the Stuart Feed Store and property in 1988, Stuart Heritage wanted to convert the building into the Stuart Heritage Museum. However, it was not an easy process. To help with expenses, the front portion of the building was rented by Mrs. Peter's Smoked Fish House for a couple of years.

Gathering Artifacts
During those early years, donations of artifacts were gathered and organized in the remainder of the building. Some of the earliest Stuart memorabilia came from the efforts of Capt. Francis Adams, who had established a Stuart mini-museum in a small building behind the Stuart Police Station on 7th Street from June 1972 until his death in September 1975. With these and other donations from families who had lived in the area for decades, Stuart Heritage's inventory and variety of items steadily increased. Approximately 80 percent of the artifacts were acquired locally.

Preserving History
Local architect Don Armstrong was a founding member and Stuart Heritage's first president. He and other members set the organization's goal to protect Stuart's historical identity. Besides its numerous artifacts on display at the museum, that preservation has included saving numerous early buildings and homes which might otherwise have been torn down.

Historic Preservationists of the Year
Since 2011 there have been four individuals in Martin County who have received awards in recognition for their work on preserving the history of this area. All four are active members of the Museum:
2011 - Sandra H. Thurlow • 2012 - Joe Crankshaw • 2013 - Alice and Greg Luckhardt

Come Visit Us!
The Stuart Heritage Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with always free admission to the public. Volunteers staff the museum to answer questions and explain exhibits and artifacts. Come visit us and discover the rich history of Stuart!

Pictured, top: Panoramic photo of Stuart in the 1920s.
Pictured, bottom: Miniature display of Stuart in the 1910s.

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