Pioneer Day at St. Luke’s 2015

 Pioneer Day  – February 7, 2015 

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

This year, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will focus on “Industry of Merritt Island Pioneers”. Events are from 10 am to 4 pm and are free, unless otherwise noted. An old fashioned fish fry will follow at a cost of $9 per person.  Information on the activities at Sams House can be found here.

Download Schedule of Events here.

  • On-going Self-guided Historic Chapel and Cemetery Tours
  • 10:30 Presentation on Merritt Island’s Cow Hunters – Bud Crisafulli
  • 12:00 Homemade soups ($5)
  • 1:00 to 4:00 Cemetery tours with Molly Thomas, Historic Preservation of Cemeteries
  • 1:00 Bittersweet: the Story of Indian River Citrus in Brevard – Jeff Thompson
    • 3:oo Presentation: Major Tifin – Merritt Island’s Pioneer Captain of Industry – Ostrich farm, Hotelier, Steamship line – Fr. Peter Roberts
  • Evening: Fish Fry Dinner (advance purchase tickets – 321-452-5260)

About St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
The historic chapel onsite was built in 1888 with the help of Sams, LaRoche, and Porcher families. Many early pioneers, including John Sams, are buried in the church’s cemetery. The Church is located at 5555 N. Tropical Trail, just 1.1 miles south of Sams House at Pine Island. Tickets for the Fish Fry for sale starting January 9 by calling 321-452-5260.


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