Captain Thomas E. Richards, a shipbuilder from New Jersey, started a pineapple plantation along the Indian River. He thought the area was so beautiful that he named it Eden after the Garden of Eden. The plantation at one time had it's own railway depot and a dock which extended 1,500 feet into the river. A wonderful collection of letters written by Lucie Richards between 1880 and 1888 and compiled by Raymond Richards Brown, titled "Memories of Eden" allows the reader to "see" early pioneer life along the Saint Lucie River. Available at the Saint Lucie County Historical Museum Gift Shop or write to Raymond R. Brown, 2373 Stone Haven Court East, Orange Park Florida 32065.
This pineapple plantation was built in the late nineteenth century, by William Merwin, an oysterman from Milford, Connecticut. The pineapple industry collapsed at the end of World War I and the plantation was converted to a nursery and fernery. After World War II it was refurbished and became one of the most popular restaurants on the Treasure Coast in the 1950's.
Located on the north side of Moore's Creek, (present day North 2nd Street and Avenue D), Edgartown was the site of the first settlement of what was to become Fort Pierce. It was named for Edgar Bowman, the grandson of one of the early settlers. Because there were no docks in the area, the wood used to construct the original buildings had to be pushed into shore by swimming construction workers.
Named for Lucius Eldred. Mr. Eldred purchased land for a pineapple plantation in 1879. He sent his daughter and son-in-law to live in the house he had built there. The area is between modern day Midway Road and Palm Cemetery on Indian River Drive.
Lt. Col. Benjamin K. Pierce