Fort Pierce is among the oldest communities on the east coast of Florida with its rich history beginning in 1837 when Lt. Benjamin K. Pierce built the fort that was the headquarters for the U.S. Army during the Seminole Indian War. After the war Fort Pierce, its accessible waterways and later Flagler’s railway gave rise to commerce that would make the city the economic hub of the Treasure Coast with fishing, canning of fish, pineapple and citrus. Today that transportation network includes the Florida Turnpike, Interstate 95, the St. Lucie County International Airport and the Port of Fort Pierce.
This historic waterfront community has evolved to become a national model as a “Main Street City” and has taken bold steps toward revitalization, and planned urban development while maintaining its “Old Florida” seaside village appeal. This wonderful, tropical, peaceful quality of life is still close enough to major metropolitan areas like Palm Beach and Orlando to enjoy a fun day-trip.
With some 40,000 residents, Fort Pierce encompasses over 20 miles with enlightened communities that want to preserve the rich heritage while planning its future. The architecture is a wonderful blend of Mediterranean and Florida Cracker vernaculars. Historic Preservation of its architecture is as important to its citizens as cultural diversity with the Historic Sunrise, Theatre of the Performing Arts and local organizations hosting opera, jazz, country, blues, professional and community theatre and a multitude of festivals and celebrations throughout the year.