A historic Jupiter landmark that closed in 2008 has reopened and can now be toured by the public.
The DuBois Pioneer Home, which was built in 1898, sustained damage during the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons. Located in Jupiter’s DuBois Park, it reopened last week on Wednesday, March 2, after undergoing extensive renovations.
The home, which originally belonged to South Florida pioneers Harry and Susan DuBois, is one of the last remaining self-sufficient homesteads in the area. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it also happens to be the second oldest existing home in Palm Beach County.
Exterior renovations included a new roof, an upgraded front porch, and repaired windows. The interior now features new flooring, replacement walls and ceilings, a renovated bathroom, and a paint job using colors original to the home.
The “House on the Hill” was built on an ancient Native American shell midden (a heap of clam, oyster, mussel or other shells), which gives the home archeological value. Ancient trade beads and pottery believed to have been brought by explorer Ponce De Leon were discovered there.
“Promoting the stewardship of natural, archaeological and cultural sites is a core service of the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department,” PBC Parks Director Eric Call said in a press release. “This important historical site, one of the oldest in Palm Beach County, is our gateway to the past.”
Visitors to the DuBois Pioneer Home can explore the home’s green velveteen sofas and large fireplace and also learn about Jupiter’s most notable pioneer family, from the couple’s first blind date to their engagement and married life.
Docents lead tours of the home on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
DuBois Pioneer Home; 19075 DuBois Road, Jupiter
Photos courtesy Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department