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                                                          Commissioner’s updaTe

                         Preserving The Past To Enrich The Present

                                                                    By Commissioner Maria Marino

        Did you know that the                             DuBois is one of the most studied Native American sites   what is now DuBois Park.
      vast majority of historic                         in Florida. Discoveries of artifacts, including prehistoric,   He and his bride lived in the
      sites and districts identified                    fire-tempered pottery, and stone spearheads and knives trace   house while the main Pioneer
      in the County Register of                         to civilizations 6,000 years old. Think of that: People were   Home was constructed.
      Historic Places is located                        living in Jupiter more than 2,000 years before construction     The Pineapple House,
      in Northern Palm Beach                            of the great pyramids of Egypt.                    now under renovation, had
      County, with several sites                          Recently, I visited a dig at the Pineapple House on land   deteriorated from salt rot
      within and around DuBois                          adjacent to the historic DuBois Pioneer Homestead. Built in the   and bug damage. Parks and
      Park in Jupiter? This is part of the Jupiter Inlet Historic   1880s, by Jupiter pioneer Harry DuBois who farmed pineapples   Recreation moved it several
      and Archaeological Site, listed in the National and County   on a plot of land near present day U.S. 1, the house was either   feet out of a FEMA flood zone
      Registers of Historic Places.                     floated down the Loxahatchee River or dragged by oxen to   to ensure that if it sustained
                                                                                                           damage from a storm, federal
                                                                                                           assistance would be
                                                                                                           available to rebuild it.
                                                                                                             A team led by the
                                                                                                           Palm Beach County
                   SOUTH FLORIDA’S                                                                         Archaeologist Chris
                                                                                                           Davenport and including
                                                                                                           anthropology interns from
             #1 HOSPITAL                                                                                   and resident volunteers is
                                                                                                           Florida Atlantic University
                                                                                                           excavating materials from
                                                                                                           a footer approximately 3
                                                                                                           feet deep at the former site

                      FIVE YEARS IN A ROW                                                                  of the house. Material is
                                                                                                           carefully unearthed and
                                                                                                           filtered through water
                                                                                                           screens, revealing fragments
                                                                                                           of prehistoric pottery, fish
                                                                                                           bones and shells.
                                                                                                             During my visit, several
                                                                                                           pieces of St. Johns Check
                                                                                                           Stamped pottery were
                                                                                                           uncovered. This pottery,
                                                                                                           made from a process
                                                                                                           involving clay and fiber,
                                                                                                           dates back to 900 A.D.
                                                                                                           An additional discovery
                                                                                                           was made of a section of
                                                                                                           vertebrae from a goliath
                                                                                                           grouper likely weighing
                                                                                                           600 to 800 pounds.
                                                                                                             Palm Beach County’s
                                                                                                           Comprehensive Plan
                                                                                                           recognizes that historic
                                                                                                           preservation enhances the
                                                                                                           quality of life of Floridians
                                                                                                           through  economic and
                                                                                                           cultural contributions to an
                                                                                                           improved sense of place. By
                                                                                                           taking a balanced approach,
                                                                                                           we strive to preserve the
                                                                                                           legacy of the past with the
                                FOR EVERY CARE IN THE WORLD                                                overall  economic  well-
                                                                                                           being of the county.
                                                                                                             The Planning Division,
                            Nothing compares to being healthy and feeling good.                            Historic Preservation/
                         At Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Weston Hospital, we are here                        Archaeology Section led by
                         for you and your loved ones, providing for every healthcare                       Davenport is responsible
                         need you have today and conducting research to advance                            for identifying, protecting,
                                                                                                           and promoting cultural
                         the medicine of tomorrow. As South Florida’s only hospital                        resources (archaeological
                        ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report  ve years in a row,                          and historic structures),

                          we’re proud of the care we deliver. For routine checkups.                        throughout unincorporated
                         For life-enhancing treatments. For every care in the world.                       Palm Beach County.
                                                                                                           Davenport, who developed
                                                                                                           a passion for his field at 7
                                                                                                           years old, coordinates and advises local governments and
                      HOSPITAL IN SOUTH FLORIDA   YEARS IN A ROW                                           other organizations regarding cultural resource management
                                                                                                           issues, and serves as the staff liaison to the county’s Historic
                        NATIONALLY RANKED IN GI AND GI SURGERY                                             Resource Review Board. The archaeology section has an
                                                                                                           education component consisting of public outreach events
                                                                                                           and the internship program, which has provided hands-on
                                                                                                           experience for more than 100 interns.
                                                                                                             The Historic Resource Review Board oversees processes to
                                                                                                           designate significant historic sites and structures and to ensure that
                                                                                                           approved development projects identify and protect historic and
                                                                                                           archaeological resources. They also assist in education efforts.
                                                                                                             Docent-guided tours are provided free of charge at DuBois
                                                                                                           on Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call
                                                                                                           the Parks and Recreation Department at (561) 966-6609 for
                                                                                                           further details.
                                                                                                             As always, if I can assist you, please contact me at (561)
                                                                                                           355-2201 or by email at
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