NEW CHARACTERS ADDED TO 2018 TOURS!!
On October 24th and 25th historical figures from Fort Pierce’s past will tell their stories all throughout the downtown area. This annual living history tour is a fun way to learn about the people that settled in this area before the conveniences of air conditioning, mosquito control, and modern transportation.
Since there are so many interesting stories to tell, there are FOUR different Ghosts of Fort Pierce Past walking tours. Each tour is approximately 1 hour in length, has between 8-10 stops, and waiting at each stop is an actor portraying a person that has lived here in the past. NEW THIS YEAR - Many of our 2018 actors are descendants of the characters they will portray.
The Ghost of Fort Pierce Past tours are a fundraiser for Main Street Fort Pierce. Each tour is $5 per person and no charge for children under 5. This is a very popular event that sells out each year so reservations are required. Participants need to arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled tour and wear comfortable walking shoes. The first tours leave at 5:30 p.m. with additional tours leaving every 15 minutes until 7:30 p.m.
Please find general outlines for the tours below. Please note that routes are subject to change:
Downtown South Tour - Wednesday, October 24th
Starts from the City Hall Plaza between the new parking garage and the City Hall building. This tour winds its way east along Orange Avenue and then south along 2nd Street.
Will Tucker & the Tarpon Saloon, Sheriff Dan Carlton & the Fort Pierce shoot out, Dorothy Binney Putnam Palmer & Amelia Earhart, New Fort Pierce hotel & WWII in Fort Pierce, Sheriff Bill Jones & the Boston House, Mr. & Mrs. Dan McCarty, Courthouse reporter, Sunrise Theatre Past, Restoration, Present, & Future.
Downtown North Tour - Wednesday, October 24th
Starts from the City Hall Plaza between the new parking garage and the City Hall building.
Henry Flager & the FEC railroad; Archibald Hendry, early FL cow hunter; Steamboat Captain Stephen Bravo; Military presentation; Peter P. Cobb; Betsy Palmer & the Love Shack; Ashley Gang; William Hatcher, architect.
Edgartown Tour - Thursday, October 25th
Starts from the Main Street Fort Pierce office at 122 A.E. Backus Avenue
Clara Platts, wife of 1st area doctor; A.E. "Beanie" Backus; Zora Neale Hurston; Charles & Lizzie McCarty; Mrs. Comstock & Rosalee; Mose Metzger, fisherman; Mrs. Emily Lagow Bell & Mrs. Lagow, FL pioneer women; Alfred Hair, Highwaymen artist; Annie Hogg, FP pioneer; Harry Hill, photographer.
Downtown West - Thursday, October 25th
Starts from the Historic Arcade Building at the Northwest corner of US1 and Orange Avenue.
Mrs. Canaday & Arcade building; Judge Alto Adams; Seminole Indians; Joseph Knowles, railroad engineer; 1st United Methodist Church; Churches & nuns on Orange Ave.; teenagers from 1950s; James Paine, barefoot mailman; Mrs. Isabella Poppell and Mrs. Ester Poppell.
For more information or to make a reservation please call Main Street Fort Pierce at 466-3880 or for tour information go to our website at www.mainstreetfortpierce.org
Ghosts of Fort Pierce Past Historic Walking Tours sponsored by:
Waste Management, Law Firm of Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd, Fee, Yates & Fee, Reef to Ranch Real Estate