Sams House at Pine Island Conservation Area

6195 North Tropical Trail, Merritt Island, FL 32953 - United States





Free Everyday

Sams House at Pine Island Conservation Area museum is housed in the oldest standing structure in Brevard County. Built in 1875 in Eau Gallie, Florida, the Cabin was dismantled, rafted upriver, and reassembled at the present Merritt Island location in 1878. Sams family descendants have occupied the land until 1994. The Museum houses articles and interpretive displays depicting the history of the site including Pleistocene fossils of Megafauna who roamed the area up to 11,000 years ago, Native American artifacts dating to 4000 years ago, and 19th Century artifacts from the Pioneer families of the area. The Sams House is managed by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program and is supported through the Pine Island Preservation Society, Inc.


The Sams House exhibit will include a timeline through history of highlighting artifacts from the time of the Megafauna through Native American inhabitation. Interpretive tours to the Archaeological sites, including a 4000 year old burial ground, and extended display of the Sams Family collection with active living history displays through costumed docents and surviving family members are provided. The out of doors nature trails will take the visitor through an interpretive timeline of history, expanding the experience of living through different ages at the Sams House.

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