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Historical Dubois Park - Jupiter

Posted by Lorea Thomson on Tuesday, March 8th, 2022 at 9:10pm.

Many Jupiter area natives have wonderful childhood memories splashing around the shallow lagoon of DuBois Park. Children searching for crabs, attempting to catch small fish in the mangroves, and just splashing around as moms chatted knowing the kids were safe in the shallow water. The estuary is a joy to explore. DuBois Park has a rich history. Within the park is a house made of Florida pine that was once home to early Florida pioneers, Harry and Susan DuBois. Mr. and Mrs. Dubois bought eighteen acres on the southside of the Jupiter Inlet that he had respected for its ridge of Native American shell mound.

At the top of the Indigenous Native American shell mound sat a large pile of mollusk shells. Dubois needed somewhere to store his pineapple crop before it shipped out. The location was ideal for shipping transport of his crops. The second oldest home in Palm Beach County was the home the DuBois built. Henry DuBois built his home in 1898 and sold the shell mound as shell rock for roadbed which would become Park Avenue, Silver Beach Road, and other streets in Kelsey City. Kelsey City was later renamed, Lake Park.

Artifacts found in the Indigenous mound at DuBois include pieces of pottery, bone-handled toothbrushes, and the most notably a faceted chevron bead. Chevron beads were produced in Italy in the 14th century and were only used by wealthy individuals for trade purposes. In fact, all of Manhattan Island was purchased with beads.

DuBois Park is open during the hours of sunrise and sunset at 19075 DuBois Road, Jupiter FL 33477. Click here for more information about touring the DuBois Pioneer Home.

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