On October 25th and 26th historical figures from Fort Pierce’s past will tell their stories all throughout the downtown area. This annual living history tour is a fun way to learn about the people that settled in this area before the conveniences of air conditioning, mosquito control, and modern transportation.

Since there are so many interesting stories to tell, there are four different Ghosts of Fort Pierce Past walking tours. Each tour is approximately 1 hour in length, has 10 stops, and waiting at each stop is an actor portraying a person that has lived here in the past.

The Ghost of Fort Pierce Past tours are a fundraiser for Main Street Fort Pierce. Each tour is $5 per person and no charge for children under 5. This is a very popular event that sells out each year so reservations are required. Participants need to arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled tour and wear comfortable walking shoes. The first tours leave at 5:30 p.m. with additional tours leaving every 15 minutes until 7:30 p.m.

Ghosts of Fort Pierce Past Historic Walking Tours are sponsored by:
The Fee Law Firm, The Law Firm of Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd, and Waste Management

For more information or to make a reservation please call Main Street Fort Pierce at 466-3880.

The South Tour

Wednesday, October 25th

Starts from the City Hall Plaza

Between the new parking garage and the City Hall building.

This tour winds its way east along Orange Avenue and then south along 2nd Street.  Stops include:

The old blacksmith shop, a former speakeasy and a saloon, the first hotel of Fort Pierce, during World War II, the first newspaper offices, the courthouse property, the Sunrise Theatre and more.

The North Tour

Wednesday, October 25th

Starts from the City Hall Plaza

Between the new parking garage and the City Hall building.

Stops includes:

A stop at Fee’s Hardware and Mortuary where the bodies of the notorious Ashley Gang members were put on display, a military history of the area complete with a demonstration of cannon firing, early pioneer, Annie Hogg,lay writer and novelist, Zora Neale Hurston; railroad tycoon, Henry Flagler; the tragic love story of Mr. & Mrs. Sweet, and more.

The Edgartown Tour

Thursday, October 26th

Starts from the Main Street Office

Fort Pierce office at 122 A.E. Backus Avenue

This tour features Lucinda Lagow, the wife of Edgartown founder, Alford Lagow.

She shares the gossip of the early settlers and life as it was in the 1890s. Guests will encounter a rugged old fisherman mending his nets reminiscing about his life on the river. The coral and yellow houses sit side-by-side, boasting ghostly souls who rap on windows and slam doors. Meet Mr. Hill, the official photographer for Henry Flagler and Mrs. McCarty, grandmother of Dan McCarty, whose beloved husband was gunned down in the streets over a land deal.

The West Tour

Thursday, October 26th

Starts from the Historic Arcade Building

At the Northwest corner of US1 and Orange Avenue.

This tour features the wife of the 1st Mayor of Fort Pierce, Mrs. Dittmar, along with a shopper or two describing the Arcade building in its heyday. Other stops include: a former Sandy Shoes festival parade attendee, stories about the churches along Orange Avenue, a former postmaster, and more.