JOIN US AT
THE JUPITER INLET LIGHTHOUSE & MUSEUM
FOR THE FLORIDA LIGHTHOUSE ASSOCIATION’S
MAY 14-15, 2021
Registration Closes APRIL 28, 2021
Join us at the Florida Lighthouse Association’s spring membership event at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and explore firsthand the fascinating history of this magnificent sentinel. Members have the option of attending this event in person or virtually via Zoom.
Did you know that…..
- The location and original design for Jupiter Lighthouse were chosen by George Meade, a future Civil War general.
- · The Lighthouse is one of the few in Florida located on a hill. Long thought to be a Native American mound, modern archaeological work has determined it is a natural sand hill.
- The Lighthouse is the oldest existing structure in Palm Beach County. It still has an active, historic first-order Fresnel lens, one of only three in Florida and thirteen in the entire country.
- · The longest-serving keeper was Captain James A. Armour, who served 40 years. During the Civil War, he helped the Union Navy catch Confederate blockade runners and recover fuel and supplies taken from the Lighthouse.
- The Fresnel lens has been turned by hand during at least three hurricanes. The most dramatic example came in 1928 when the keeper’s teenage son reported that he turned the light by hand for four hours during a category-four hurricane as the tower swayed and shuddered in the high winds.
- During a 1949 hurricane, the anemometer on the Lighthouse blew away after recording a gust of 162 mph.
- · South Florida pioneer Charlie Pierce lived at the Lighthouse for a year in the 1870s when his father was an assistant keeper. Charlie wrote a memoir of his experiences in 19th century Florida, recounting the keeper’s aiding the wrecked steamship Victor in 1872, then salvaging the wreck along with a visiting group of Seminole Indians. The memoir is the basis for an award-winning series of children’s books, “The Adventures of Charlie Pierce.”
- A lifesaving station was established near Jupiter Inlet in 1885. It was the only lifesaving station between Charleston, SC and Pensacola, FL, and was operated by the same U. S. Life Saving Service that operated the Houses of Refuge on Florida’s East Coast.
- · All five branches of the U. S. military have operated stations in the Jupiter Lighthouse Reservation.
- · The Jupiter Lighthouse Reservation originally encompassed 122 acres. The property is now Congressionally-designated and protected as the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area.
In addition to the Lighthouse, there are many interesting exhibits and activities on the grounds. Must-see stops on your visit should include:
- · Museum & Secret Station J. You will discover fascinating history in the exhibit Five Thousand Years on the Loxahatchee, watch a video about the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, and check out the terrific Museum Gift Shop, which overlooks the beautiful Loxahatchee River. The museum is housed in the last remaining building from an important World War II Naval radio station, code-named Station J.
- · Tindall Pioneer Homestead, the earliest house still exiting in Jupiter. The homestead gives a glimpse of early life along the Loxahatchee for brave pioneering families.
- · Keeper’s Workshop and Lighthouse Deck. View the exhibit Keeping the Light at Jupiter Inlet, which tells of the arduous lives of the Lighthouse’s keepers in Jupiter’s early days and the beautiful Ficus altissima tree and deck that interprets the original location of the assistant keeper’s house destroyed by fire in 1927.
- · Seminole Chickee, built by the Seminole Tribe of Florida as a tribute to the history of Seminole people in the Jupiter area and their trade relationship with early settlers and Lighthouse keepers.
- · Scenic Hiking Trail. The trail meanders through Florida scrub habitat, tropical hammock, and a mangrove swamp and leads to an observation tower overlooking a quiet manatee refuge surrounded by red mangroves.
The events will begin on Friday, May 14, 2021, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, 4431 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, with the committee meetings at 4:00 pm and the Board meeting at 5:00 pm. Immediately following at 6:00 pm will be a social hour. The DoubleTree will provide sandwich boxes, soda, water, and Sangria punch. A special treat will be a night climb of the Lighthouse.
NOTE: If you plan to climb the Jupiter Lighthouse on Friday before the social, please be aware that the Lighthouse closes at 4 pm. The Lighthouse closes on Saturday at 3 pm.
On Saturday, the membership meeting will begin at 9:00 am at the DoubleTree. which is approximately 9 miles (15’) southwest of the Lighthouse. Our speaker will be Josh Liller, Historian and Collections Manager, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, who will cover the history of the Lighthouse and the Jupiter Inlet Life Saving Station. The DoubleTree will serve a buffet lunch at 11:30 am that consists of a Greek salad with Feta cheese, black olives, tomatoes, and red onions; flank steak with garlic herb sauce; grilled fillet of salmon with cucumber dill relish; fresh sautéed green beans; roasted seasoned red bliss potatoes; freshly baked lunch breads; pecan pie; freshly brewed coffee, decaffeinated coffee, and hot and iced tea.
After lunch, we will drive to the Lighthouse, 500 Captain Armours Way, Jupiter, where we can climb the 105 steps to the top. The Lighthouse, museum, exhibits, and hiking trail will be open for climbing, visiting, and exploring all afternoon on Saturday.
The Florida Lighthouse Trail, second edition, a newly-published compilation of Florida lighthouse histories edited by FLA’s Josh Liller, will be available for purchase and signing at the meeting. Josh, as co-author, will also be selling and signing the new edition of 5000 Years on the Loxahatchee, a pictorial history of Jupiter and Tequesta, Florida, originally published 15 years ago.
The cost for this event will be $110 for members and $140 for non-members (non-member fee includes a 1-year membership in FLA), and includes the Friday night social, the Friday night Lighthouse climb, the Saturday membership meeting, lunch, the Lighthouse climb on Saturday, and a donation to the Loxahatchee River Historical Society. The cost for Saturday-only attendees will be $75 FLA members and $105 for non-members, which includes a 1-year membership in FLA. The cost for children under 15 is $55.
A mandatory mask policy is currently in place at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and at the DoubleTree. The DoubleTree wants to protect its guests and staff. Therefore, masks are to be worn at all times, except when eating or drinking, and particularly in public areas of the hotel. Members attending the meeting will be required to bring their own masks and wear them at all times while on the Lighthouse grounds and are strongly encouraged to wear them during the social and meeting (except while drinking and eating) at the DoubleTree. Although hand-sanitizing stations have been installed at both facilities, members are still encouraged to supply their own hand-sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, if desired. Members are asked to practice social distancing whenever possible while touring the Lighthouse and Museum, by maintaining a minimum six-foot separation from others. When social distancing is not possible, please restrict group sizes to 10 people or less.
Members have the option of attending the meeting virtually via Zoom. (A link will be provided to registrants before the meeting.) The cost for this option will be $20 for members and $25 for non-members, which includes a magnet that will be mailed after the meeting.
At the meeting on Saturday morning, FLA is only providing coffee, tea, and water, in accordance with DoubleTree policy, which excludes, non-hotel provided food and beverages.
Registration and payment must be received by April 28, 2021. Registration is limited to the first 84 persons. Please specify any dietary restrictions when you register.
Friday: Red, white and blue/Be Patriotic
Saturday: ALL Lighthouse Attire—Show your LOVE for lighthouses.
DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel/Palm Beach Gardens
Room Rate $99 (MUST CALL THE HOTEL DIRECT AND REQUEST SPECIAL FLA RATE)
4431 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410
1 (800) 222-8733
Cut-off date: April 14, 2021
DoubleTree Hotel is 9 miles from the Lighthouse.
Hampton Inn Jupiter/Juno Beach
Room rate $105 (Includes Free Breakfast. Must call the Hilton reservations toll-free number listed below and request special FLA rate)
13801 US Highway 1
Juno Beach, Florida 33408
Cut-off date: April 14, 2021
Hampton Inn is 5.7 miles from the Lighthouse and 6.2 miles from the meeting venue, DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel
Jupiter Waterfront Inn
Room Rate $145 (2 queen beds) & $165 (1 king bed & Jacuzzi), (Two night minimum stay), (MUST CALL THE HOTEL DIRECT AND REQUEST SPECIAL FLA RATE)
18903 SE Federal Highway
Jupiter/Tequesta, FL 33469
(561) 747-9085 or (888) 747-9085
Cut-Off date: April 14, 2021
Jupiter Waterfront Inn is 1.8 miles from the Lighthouse and 10 miles from the meeting venue, DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel.
Fairfield By Marriott Jupiter
Room rate $149 (Includes Grab & Go breakfast) MUST CALL THE HOTEL AND REQUEST SPECIAL FLA RATE)
6748 West Indiantown Road
Jupiter, Florida 33458
Cut-off date: April 30, 2021
Fairfield is 4.9 miles from the Lighthouse and 8.3 miles from the meeting venue, DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel.