Clearing the thick hammocks of the Indian River shore, the Sams family eventually became prominent citrus growers and civic leaders
This site focuses on the hardships and achievements of the era of early American settlement. The one-story house on the site is reportedly the oldest standing home in Brevard County, built originally by the pioneering Sams family in Eau Gallie in 1875 and floated up the Indian River to its present location in 1878. It now houses a small museum that traces the history of the site from the prehistoric era to pioneer days. Its interactive exhibits of documents, memorabilia, and farm tools vividly brings the story of the Sams family to life. The larger white frame house, which now serves as the visitor’s center, was constructed by the Sams family in 1888. Don’t miss the historical garden path just beyond the parking lot, where you will see the incredible variety of fruits, vegetables, and medicinal herbs that were grown by the pioneers in this area’s rich soil.