Seminole Inn Added To Martin County Register Of Historic Landmarks. Here Are Some Other Historic Spots.
An Old Florida building has earned some new recognition.
Seminole Inn, the historical Indiantown hotel which opened in 1926, was added to the Martin County Register of Historic Landmarks last week.
Though it earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places a decade ago, manager Jonnie Wall Flewelling said she thinks Martin County has now caught up because of recent attention on Seminole Inn's preservation work.
"We met all the qualifications a long time ago. Last year, the inn won the preservation award for Martin County, and I think that brought us back to the forefront of people's minds," she said.
Wall Flewelling and her mother, Iris Wall, who owns the Seminole Inn, were named the Preservationists of the Year in 2015.
They first bought the inn in its dilapidated condition in 1976. Under the Wall family's ownership, the Seminole Inn has been renovated three times—the last update taking place in 1992—and they have worked to higlight the inn's history.
Wall Flewelling mentioned that the historical inn has a mural depicting the story of the Seminole tribe in Florida, as well as one about the history of Indiantown that will be coming soon.
"We're more than a hotel and more than a place to eat," she said.
In addition, an agricultural museum is in the works, which will house artifacts that are now located within the Seminole Inn, according to Wall Flewelling.
Here are five other historic Martin County spots on the National Register of Historic Places:
Burn Brae Plantation - Krueger House
(Image via Wikimedia Commons/Ebyabe)
The historic 1894 house in Stuart was a single-family home. It was added to the register in 2002 in recognition of its late 19th century architectural significance.
The House of Refuge at Gilbert's Bar
(Photo by Travis Arket via House of Refuge)
The oldest structure in Martin County, the 1876 House of Refuge in Stuart is the only one of the original 10 life-saving stations to remain on the Florida coast.
(Image via Lyric Theatre)
Built in 1926, Stuart's Lyric Theatre was a silent movie house that closed during the Great Depression. Now a cultural arts theater, it was added to the national register in 1993 for its Spanish Revival and Beaux Arts architectural style.
Stuart Welcome Arch
The historic arch was built in 1926, recognizing recognizing Stuart as the county seat. It marks what at the time was the town line between Stuart and Jensen Beach.
(Image via Facebook/The Mansion at Tuckahoe)
The 1938 Mediterranean-style Mansion at Tuckahoe in Jensen Beach sits atop the Mount Elizabeth Archeological Site, an earth mound filled with Native American artifacts, from shell tools to broken pottery. That's two historical Martin County sites in one.
Correction: The Lyric Theatre was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. The story has been updated to include the correct year.
(Featured image courtesy Seminole Inn)