4111 South Indian River Drive BUILT in 1844 * Presently Home to Mrs Jean R. Horton
NOTE: This Coquina Rock Fireplace is, I believe, the oldest remanant
structure in St. Lucie County. It dates from the Armed Occupation Act
of 1842 Settlement on the St. Lucie River known as "Susanna" and in on lands
granted originally to William B Davis under this ACT (and predateing the
Survey of the Government Lands in the 1850's.) Until recently, this
fireplace was fairly well "concealed" in plantings at this address. However
it has recently been placed on the market, and the plantings trimmed back
to reveal it.
In May of 2003, after finding two of the original parcels of SIRD
lands in this catagory, I spoke at length with Ms Dee Dee Roberts at the
St. Lucie County Historical Museum about these Armed Occupation Act land
grants. She later furnished me with the following copies of an article
(undated and unattributed) but, I believe, from the Ft. Pierce Tribune -
about this fireplace and the Susanna Settlement.