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House of Refuge

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Step back into the era of sailing ships! Constructed in 1875 to aid shipwreck survivors on a once desolate barrier island, the House of Refuge at Gilbert’s Bar is the last one of ten such houses along the Atlantic Coast. Learn about local maritime history, the Untied States Life Saving Service, early efforts to save sea turtles, and Treasure Coast’s role during World War II. Both self-guided and guided tours available.