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Vero Beach in Indian River County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Bethel Creek House of Refuge

1876

 
 
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By Tim Fillmon, December 26, 2017
1. Bethel Creek House of Refuge Marker
Inscription. The 1st house of refuge on Florida's east coast was constructed on this site which later became part of the U.S. Lifesaving Service. Houses of Refuge were built about 20 miles apart and provided a safe haven for those shipwrecked along the desolate coast. They offered food and shelter to passengers and crew. Houses of Refuge were built exactly alike and included a main house, a cistern, and boat house. John Houston was the first keeper. Keepers had to be physically sound and able to read and write. In 1915, the Life Saving service became the U.S. Coast Guard. The house was destroyed by fire in January 1917 and replaced by a building that was removed in 1936. The Cost Guard closed the station in 1929. During World War II, the Coast Guard reopened the station and built a 40-foot observation tower to watch for submarines. This 8 acre site was transferred to the City of Vero Beach by the Federal Government in 1950 and the Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycee's) began development of the park in 1956.
 
Erected 2013 by Florida Society Colonial Dames XVII Century Ann Waggaman, President 2011-13.
 
Location. 27° 39.966′ N, 80° 21.554′ W. Marker is in Vero Beach, Florida, in Indian River County. Marker can be reached from
Bethel Creek House of Refuge Marker with foundation blocks from building image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 26, 2017
2. Bethel Creek House of Refuge Marker with foundation blocks from building
the intersection of Mango Road and State Road A1A, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located near the northern edge of Jaycee Park near the beach. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4200 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach FL 32963, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary (approx. 1.4 miles away); Vero Beach City Hall (approx. 2.9 miles away); Vero Beach Railway Station (approx. 2.9 miles away); City of Vero Beach (approx. 3.1 miles away); Osceola Park Historic Residential District (approx. 3 miles away); Baseball and Dodgertown (approx. 4.2 miles away); McKee Jungle Gardens (approx. 4.3 miles away); McKee Jungle Garden Gates (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vero Beach.
 
Also see . . .  Bethel Creek House of Refuge. (Submitted on January 1, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 1, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 1, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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