Thursday, January 15, 2015

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Pioneer Homestead, Florida

The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse has a pioneer home which dates from 1892 and was built by George Tindall on the banks of the Loxahatchee River. The home was moved in the twentieth century to enhance the museum.

Tindall Pioneer Homestead

The ground floor of the house is divided by a hallway. On one side is a bedroom and a laundry room. The bedroom was the master bedroom for George and his wife. The children slept upstairs in the loft room, which was much hotter than the downstairs. Poor kids!


Laundry room

Across the hall is the family room where they would spend the better part of the day. Since we visited over the Christmas holidays, it was decorated appropriately.

Festive Family Room

A breezeway connects the main part of the house with the kitchen. Kitchens were kept in a separate building for two reasons. First, the wood-burning stove (which could also burn coal) was on all day from breakfast to dinnertime which made the kitchen very hot. The breezeway kept that heat from the rest of the house. Second, kitchen fires were considered almost inevitable so separate buildings meant repairing only one building, not the whole homestead. This kitchen includes the dining table.

Dining table with baby's chair

J by the stove

Water containers

Crank-style butter churn

Outside the home is an authentic Chickee. The chickee is the typical house built by the Seminoles. The palmetto thatch roof and cypress log frame have no walls allowing air to circulate freely. Most chickees have a platform to keep people off potentially wet ground.


Also outside was an unidentified bell that the web site calls the "100-year old Pennock Plantation Bell."

Please add a plaque!

After our visit was done, we went to the Tequesta Brewing Company for lunch. I tried their Gnarly Barley beer which was enjoyable.

Two pacifiers

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