Date(s) - 01/04/2020
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Savannas Preserve State Park
Miss Lucie’s Pioneer Day Festival
Take a step back in time during the 11th annual Pioneer Day Festival on Saturday, January 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., 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 Pioneer Day Festival showcases many time-period exhibits and demonstrations, including cooking over hot coals, flywheel engine demonstrations, quilters, basketry and more! Demonstrators will show participants crafty ways to use corn husks and other natural resources. Guided hikes and kayak tours will be offered throughout the event. Weather permitting, Savannas Preserve State Park staff will perform a prescribed fire demonstration. Heirloom Entrees will be on-site selling food throughout the event.
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 was credited with planting some of the first pineapple plantations in the area. Soon after establishing the plantation and his home on a high bank located along the west Indian River Shore, Captain Richards’ family, including his daughter Lucie, joined him here. Lucie began writing a series of letters to her old friend in New Jersey that detailed her daily life as a Florida Pioneer. The letters have since been compiled into a volume called “The Memories of Eden”. 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 Savannas Education Center is located at 2541 SE Walton Road, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34952. Admission to the event is $3/person; cash only. For more information about Pioneer Day, please call the Education Center at 772 398-2779 or go online to www.FriendsofSavannas.org. To learn more about Florida’s award-winning state parks, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org.