A few months back, I did a post about the northernmost section of SR A1A. It’s the only part of the state where it’s not relatively close to, or conjoined with, US 1. It’s time to explore the rest of it, and US 1.
We’ll start in the middle, from Sebastian to Jupiter. If you want to hang out at some beaches that aren’t as frequented as those around Miami or Daytona Beach, this is a great area to visit. It’s rather like some sections of the Panhandle in that regard.
You can find out more about the area at the Chamber of Commerce, which is located at the corner of Main Street and US 1. This is also the center of the east historic district. The west historic district is ill-defined, but go west on Main Street and you’ll see most of it. There’s also a couple of museums in the area, should you be so inclined. (see Google map)
- Archie Smith Wholesale Fish Company (1740 Indian River Drive) (NRHP)
- Mel Fisher’s Treasure Museum (1322 US 1)
- Sebastian Grammar and Junior High School (1225 Main Street) (NRHP)
- Bamma Vickers Lawson House (1133 US 1) (NRHP)
- Paul Kroegel memorial (Riverview Park)
- Old Town Sebastian Historic District, West (Bounded by Palmetto Ave, Lake and Main Streets) (NRHP)
- Old Town Sebastian Historic District, East (Main and Washington Streets, Riverside Drive, FEC Railroad) (NRHP)
Continuing down US 1, hang a right at CR 512. You’ll pass the southern access to the St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park on the way. Ten miles from US 1, and you’ll enter the hamlet of Fellsmere. Not much to see here. If you park near the old library, you’re within easy walking distance of all the historical stuff. I rather like the old school. Also surprised to find this was the birthplace for woman’s suffrage in Florida, according to a historical marker I happened across north of the old church.
If you have a Florida state park passport, you’ll need to head north to get to the St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park ranger station. Or you can get to it if you catch CR 507 further up and head south. (see Google map)
- St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park (1000 Buffer Preserve Drive, also off CR 512)
- Marian Fell Library (63 North Cypress Street) (NRHP)
- Florida woman’s suffrage historical marker
- Fellsmere Estates Corporation (N. Broadway and Oregon St.) (AGFHA)
- First Methodist Episcopal Church (31 North Broadway) (NRHP)
- Fellsmere Public School (22 South Orange Street) (NRHP)
Next time, over a bridge to A1A. See you on the road!