Dubois Pioneer Home Background:
Built in 1898, the DuBois Pioneer Home is one of the last remaining historic homesteads of its type in unincorporated northern Palm Beach County. Located along the Jupiter Inlet in Palm Beach County’s DuBois Park, “the house on the hill” is an excellent example of a self-sufficient South Florida Pioneer homestead. Built atop of a Native American shell rock midden by the DuBois Family (one of Jupiter’s most notable pioneer families) this unique homestead is rich in both historic and archeological value.
Originally over 600 feet long and 20 feet high, the Hill is a remnant of one of the last coastal shell mounds in southeast Florida. Artifacts dating back several thousand years have been discovered at this site. The entire Park was once a thriving village, where ancient Floridians lived.
The Pineapple House was located on a piece of property near present day U.S. Highway 1, on a plot of land where Harry DuBois farmed Pineapples. The little shed was built to store the harvested crops. Harry later purchased a plot of land, now DuBois Park, as the site of the home that he would bring his new bride home to. DuBois floated the Pineapple House up the river to DuBois Park, and lived in it while he constructed what is now the DuBois Pioneer Home atop the shell midden. Over the years the little house was used as a storage shed, and for awhile was a rental house – where it got its name, The Pineapple House. According to Harry’s son John, the Pineapple House is one of the oldest wooden structures still remaining in Palm Beach County today, and it pre-dates the DuBois house by at least several years.
- Tuesdays and Thursdays – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. docent guided tours offered (last tour at 12:45 p.m.) For private group tours, please contact Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department Volunteer Services: 561-966-6609. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions regarding access may contact 561-966-6609.
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- There is no cost to tour the Dubois Pioneer Home. Please – no wet bathing suits or sandy feet.