Upcoming Programs and Events


Monthly Stuart Heritage Program

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 7 pm at the Flagler Place, 201 SW Flagler Ave.

Free and Open to the Public

Historic Background of Indian RiverSide Park by Sandy Thurlow

For centuries our region's original inhabitants discarded oyster shells that created Mount Elizabeth, an elevation that began appearing on maps in the mid-1800s.  When William H. Racey, from New York, purchased the property on May 1, 1855, it was the first private purchase of land in what is now Martin County. 

Over the decades, today's Indian RiverSide Park has been a pioneer plantation owned by Charles Racey, the Tuckahoe Mansion - an estate of a Coca-Cola heiress, a novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, a two-year Catholic College, the Jensen Beach Campus of the Florida Institute of Technology, later the subject of two public referendums and the eventual fulfillment of the dreams of visionaries and hard workers.  

Learn about The Mansion at Tuckahoe, Captain Henry Sewall's Home, the Children's Museum and the other park facilities from photograph Sandy Thurlow has been collecting for 25 years. 


The Indian River State College is featuring a 'Lifelong Learning' series and the Museum will be showcased on Monday, March 23 with guided tours of Historic Downtown Stuart and the Museum. For details and reservations call IRSC at (772) 462-7880.


Monthly Stuart Heritage Program

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7 pm at the Flagler Place, 201 SW Flagler Ave.

Free and Open to the Public

The Life and Times of Forest 'Fergie' Ferguson, Jr. - A Giant Among Men by Alice L. Luckhardt and Bob D'Angelo

The City of Stuart on Memorial Day will be recognizing the heroic efforts of Fergie Ferguson on June 6, 1944, which eventually cost him his life.  Follow the events of this local boy and his contributions to Stuart, the state of Florida and his nation.


NOW at the Museum is the book (in paperback) of the History of the Stuart Woman's Club.  It is 300 pages of information and photos not just of this club, which started in Stuart in 1913, but of Stuart itself over the decades.  The author is Reba Shepard.  Get your copy now.  


They Have Arrived!!  Limited Number Available.

The 2014 Ornament done by the Stuart Kiwanis Club and is available now at Stuart Heritage Museum. The theme is the 40th Anniversary of  Stuart's 'Save Our Beaches' campaign in 1974.  

Stop by the Museum from 10 am to 3 pm, Monday - Sunday to purchased this fine ornament - a collector's keepsake.

Cost is $25 plus sales tax. All proceeds benefit Stuart Kiwanis programs for local children and the non-profit Stuart Heritage Museum.


Many new items in the Museum gift shop:  Mugs, framed drawing, key rings, jewelry, paperweights, pens, flashlights, etc.  Have some of the past annual Kiwanis ornaments available.  Arrived is the book on the railroads (FEC) in Florida, titled "Speedway to Sunshine":



Check out the newest Facebook Page title:      Captain Henry Sewall's Home

It was created and updated by Sandra Thurlow.

Tour the Capt. Sewall house at Indian Riverside Park, along Indian River Drive.  

See the house noon to 1 pm every Wednesday, then a powerpoint presentation

at 1 pm by Sandy Thurlow on the home's history.