The Ais tribe of natives once resided in this area. Hutchinson Island was named for James Hutchinson, who was given a land grant by the Spanish Governor of Florida in 1811. While Hutchinson’s plantation and crops were decimated by pirates, his name remained with the island. Because so few people populated the area at the time, a house of refuge was constructed in 1876 for anyone who was passing through or needed help.
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House of Refuge on Hutchinson Island – Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge is the last of the life-saving stations, and you can visit today!