EDEN

NAME: Eden
COUNTY: Saint Lucie
ROADS: 2WD
GRID: 3
CLIMATE: warm and breezy most of the year, otherwise cool
BEST TIME TO VISIT: anytime
COMMENTS: On Indian River Drive, just north of Martin/St Lucie county line.
REMAINS: Almost nothing from the plantation days, various old homes, some hurricane damaged buildings and docks
In 1879, Capt. Thomas E. Richards, a shipbuilder from New Jersey, established his homestead on a high ridge facing the Indian River. He thought the area was so beautiful that he named it Eden after the Garden of Eden. He planted pineapples on his plantation, and when they flourished, the pineapple industry was born. At one point the plantation had it's own railway depot and a dock which extended 1500 feet out into the river. Other nearby pineapple farms were LP Tibbals Beulah Plantation and Edenlawn Plantation, owned by William Merwin. The pineapple industry collapsed after World War One, and the town of Eden was put out of business. The north section of Eden seperated to become the town of Tibbals, later renamed Walton. Edenlawn Plantation to the south became a nursery and later a highly successful restaurant, before closing in 2004 due to hurricane damage. Submitted by: Jim Pike


Original Eden Post Office
Courtesy Jim Pike


Original Eden Post Office
Courtesy Jim Pike


Edenlawn Plantation, now hurricane damaged
Courtesy Jim Pike


Edenlawn Plantation, now hurricane damaged
Courtesy Jim Pike


Edenlawn Plantation, now hurricane damaged
Courtesy Jim Pike


Fourth of July at Eden, 1895. 
Courtesty of the St. Lucie Historic Society


Captain Richards waving hello from his dock at Eden, late 1890's. 
Courtesty of the St. Lucie Historical Society

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