Monday, November 14, 2011

Tindall Pioneer Homestead in Jupiter, Florida

While Hubby has been trying to recover from pneumonia we've been staying at home - that is in our 5th wheel.  However, in October, when we visited the Jupiter Lighthouse we also got to see the Tindall Pioneer Homestead located on the same museum grounds.

This historic cracker-style house was built by George Washington Tindall on the Loxahatchee
River in 1892 on his 128-acre homestead and is considered one of the oldest houses in Palm Beach County.

It really wasn't a very big house for a family of nine.  I'm sure Mrs. (Mary) Tindall was kept pretty busy keeping everyone clothed and fed.  All accomplished with no electricity either!

The family's crude furniture was first made of wood picked up on the beach, but they eventually acquired regular furniture and even a sewing machine.

How would you like to iron clothes for nine people?  In those days they ironed everything - even sheets!

Seven babies were rocked in this cradle.

George Tindall played hymns on this pedal organ in the living room.

A nightgown is all laid out on the bed - along with other "necessary" items.

G.W. Tindall is listed as a fruit and vegetable grower in 1896 records.

Fearing fire, and to keep the house cooler, the kitchen was connected to the main house by a covered breezeway.

The large kitchen had all the modern conveniences.
It also served as the dining room.  For such a large brood you would need a large table!

The house withstood several major hurricanes, although the legendary storm of 1928 (the one that destroyed Flagler's oversea railroad) blew its roof off.  It now has a cracker style tin roof.
In the 1920's, the house was sold to Lloyd Minear, whose wife donated the house to the Loxahatchee River Historical Society.  After a full restoration, the house was moved to be a permanent exhibit at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum in 2007.  Hope you enjoyed the tour.  We did!


  1. Hope your hubby is feeling better. How neat to get to tour the little house. Aren't we so blessed when we look back and see how others used to live so many years ago? :)
    I have my grand mother old Singer sewing maching that looks so much like that one.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  2. Thank you so much for this very interesting historical home tour. We just toured a cotton plantation where everything was still preserved from the 1800's and I will post about it on Wed. It is very interesting...

  3. Love that gorgeous day gown in your second picture!
    Do you know why there's a green ribbon around the stove & china cabinet?
    Thanks for the lovely tour! Hugs for Richard -- hope he's improving every day.

  4. Thank goodness we live with AC and the internet!!!! Without it we wouldn't even know each other or have heat and air. Thank you for the tour, enjoyed it very much!!!
    xx, Zoie & Fern

  5. Amazing! I can't even imagine that many people in that house. I guess it helps to have nice weather and to be able to be outside sometimes. How wonderful that it withstood hurricanes. My favorite picture is that lovely light white dress. Imagine trying to keep that white in those circumstances too!

  6. As great great granddaughter of George and Mary Tindall I really enjoyed this picture tour. Stella Tindall is my great grandmother. Thank you.

  7. Sharon Tindall ConnerJune 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    I am the Great Great Grandaughter of his Brother James Thomas Tindall of the Boggy Creek area in Kissimmee. I love seeing these pictures.
    Sharon Tindall Conner