Miss Lucie’s Pioneer Day
Take a step back in time during the 13th annual Pioneer Day Festival on Saturday, January 22, 2022, sponsored by the Friends of Savannas Preserve State Park. Visitors will experience living history as they explore how people in Florida lived circa mid-19th century.
The event will be split into two timeslots: 10 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 3 pm. The same activities and demonstrations will take place during both timeslots. Tickets will be available online a few days prior to the event or at the event entrance (exact change preferred). Cost is $3 per person. Children ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
The history of the Treasure Coast largely revolves around the Pineapple Farming Industry. By 1895, the Jensen Beach area was known as “The Pineapple Capital of the World”. Captain Thomas E. Richards and his family, including his daughter Lucie Richards, were credited with planting some of the first pineapple plantations in the area. Lucie began writing a series of letters to her old friend in New Jersey that detailed her daily life as a Florida Pioneer. Miss Lucie’s letters provide us with invaluable insight into what the life of a Pioneer entailed. Join us on Pioneer Day as we explore the life of Miss Lucie.
The Pioneer Day Festival will feature several hands-on activities and demonstration booths showcasing the processes of constructing a corn husk doll, grinding corn, grinding coffee beans, clothes washing with a washboard and lye soap, and more! An outdoor, walk-through mini museum will display historic artifacts and the story of the Richards’ Family Pineapple Plantation. A Self-guided hike offers visitors an opportunity to follow the “The Secret Life of a Pineapple” from a tiny slip to a mature fruit.
Pioneer Project Activity Bags will be jam-packed with wood spinning tops, paper dolls, tin punching supplies, button spinners, a pre-made corn husk doll, a Pioneer Passport (and more!) for families to craft and play together. Fill up the Passport to earn some goodies from “The General Store” at the event. The Activity Bags are not included with event entry; bags are available for $6 through either our website a few days prior to the event or at the event entrance (Recommended for children ages 6 and up).
The Pioneer Day Festival will take place outside the Savannas Preserve State Park Education Center located at 2541 SE Walton Road, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34952. For more information about Pioneer Day, please call the Education Center at 772 398-2779 or go online to www.FriendsofSavannas.org.